PROTECTING nature as free conservation events return with extended line-up forthe South Downs National Park’s 10th birthday

Youth Action Days returns for 2020 with an extended calendar of events to give young people the opportunity to get hands-on in conservation.

Following the success of the events last year and to mark the national park’s 10th anniversary, Youth Action Days will be back during the February half-term, as well as further events during the Easter and summer holidays.

For the first time, there will also be a week-long series of action days related to helping to protect and enhance the National Park’s 41 heaths, which are a habitat rarer than the rainforest.

South Downs Youth Action Days are for anyone aged between 16 and 25 who is passionate about making a difference for the environment and is looking to learn practical skills to conserve and enhance the South Downs National Park.

Daniel Greenwood, volunteering development officer for the South Downs National Park, said: “With the global climate change and biodiversity crisis so high on the agenda, we know that young people are incredibly engaged with environmental issues.

“These free events are both fun and educational and give people a chance to get involved with the range of conservation activities happening in the South Downs National Park. It’s also a great opportunity for young people to upskill, particularly if they are keen on a career in conservation or perhaps just want to become a more regular volunteer. Nature needs your help and Youth Action Days are a great place to start.”

The events for February include:

Wednesday, February 19, 11am to 3pm at St Catherine’s Hill. Activities include cutting back scrub to protect the rare orchids and butterflies.

Booking is essential for all these events and details can be found online.

Details of events during Easter and summer will be announced later in the year. The Youth Actions Days focused on heathlands are set to take place during July and details will be announced later.

full details and to book a place on one of the February Youth Action Days visit