May 2021: It's an exciting time on the SDS for birders, with summer migrants everywhere. A Nightingale has been heard regularly along Nightingale Lane (warm, sunny mornings are the best times to hear it), as has a Cetti's Warbler (pictured). Whitethroats and Lesser Whitethroats have been recorded in good numbers, as have a couple of Whinchats on the Rifle Range.
Our team of volunteer birders meet monthly. Join the SDS volunteers for more information and to join in - experienced ornithologists and beginners all welcome!
Welcome to the Steyning Downland Scheme
We manage 165 acres (66 ha) of the Wiston Estate, on the South Downs National Park, near Steyning, West Sussex. A registered charity since 2009, we reconnect local people from all walks of life to our unique piece of species-rich downland, benefiting their mind, body and spirit. We create inspiring opportunities for new people to join the community through active volunteering, engaging events and inclusive access, so improving this special place for wildlife and for present and future generations to enjoy.