As of 1st April 2010 Wild Park will be part of the new South Downs National Park
Downland Restoration in Wild Park, Feb/March 2010
Work is underway on the downland restoration project in Wild Park Local Nature Reserve to reverse the loss of valuable wildflower rich grassland.
Some scrub will be removed to create grassland. The cleared area will then be fenced and grazed to prevent scrub coming back but the whole of Wild Park will still remain open to the public.
Dog owners are asked to keep their dogs on a lead while in the area that is being grazed while the rest of the park while be free of livestock.
A leaflet has been distributed by the Council and Friends of Wild Park as well as an article in City News last month and on site information will be available during the project. Supported by ward members and Friends of Wild Park we have been involved at all stages through regular monthly meetings advertised in the local shops, website and cafe.
Wild Park was left to nature as it was believed the best course of action but research has shown that the wildflower rich turf was the result of centuries of grazing without which it reverts to scrub and woodland. This has happened at Wild Park.
While this scrub and woodland has some value for wildlife, it is much lower that that of the grassland it is replacing. This grassland has been identified as a priority for conversation and has its own biodiversity action plan see http://www.ukbap.org.uk/ukplans.aspx?id=12
Further information is available on the council web site http:www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1179480