The Steyning Downland Scheme has two ancient millponds, which are connected by a chalk stream.
Our chalk stream is a very special habitat of global importance. Chalk geology is rare and most chalk streams worldwide are restricted to south and east England. They are recognised as a priority habitat under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). You can read a little more about this habitat in this Sussex Wildlife Trust leaflet.
Despite its potential wildlife value, the Upper Millpond is in a poor state and needs your help! Find out more in our video below (with thanks to Pete Varkala) and follow this link to our special fundraising page:
We carried out some emergency work to stem the loss of water from the pond in 2018. We’re very grateful to Tescos Bags of Help for their grant and to Bill Kear Contractors for their the generous support.
For more detail on the history of the stream and its ponds, please read this report (with grateful thanks to Alec Harden).