We work in partnership with a wide range of organisations to achieve things we can’t do on our own.

Steyning Dukes and Downland Project

In 2014 we partnered with the South Downs National Park, Butterfly Conservation and Wakehurst Place, Kew, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, in a three year project to bring the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly back to the Steyning Downland.

Teams of volunteers have been recruited and trained in butterfly recording and habitat management. Cowslip and Primrose are the food plants for the Duke of Burgundy and we’ve learned some professional techniques for harvesting and propagating their seed, with help from the Millennium Seed Bank.

Sarah Quantrill is funded part time to lead on the Steyning Dukes and Downland Project, as the SDS Community Volunteering Officer. Please contact Sarah for more information and to find out how you can be involved in this exciting project.

two women photographing a butterfly on plants on the Downland

During 2015, we collected 1,934 butterfly records, representing 5,969 individual butterflies. 35 butterfly species were recorded (78% of the Sussex species total), including the first Silver-spotted Skipper to be ever seen on our site!

Steyning Community Partnership and Horsham Matters

We’ve joined with the local Community Partnership and Horsham Matters to help build a strong, positive youth culture.

Horsham Matters run the community youth work for the local area. Emma Edwards is their Youth Team Leader and also their Lead Worker for Steyning, Upper Beeding, Bramber and Ashurst. Emma sits on our Steering Group and has been doing a great job, making sure we stay relevant to the under 25’s!

Working with the Community Partnership, Emma has set up a group called Youth Voice South to provide a way for young people to have their say on local issues and they will soon have a representative on our Steering Group. We’re anticipating young people coming up with lots of new ideas and things to do on the Steyning Downland!

Youth Voice