Chalk Pits

Slow worms steal the show at Chalk Pits open morning

Posted on Tue, 20/06/2017 - 11:03am

Rangers from the Queen Elizabeth Country Park enthralled local families with insights into a wide range of plants, butterflies and creep-crawlies in the Nature Reserve.

There were scores of orchids growing in the small quarry bowl and local ranger Joe Williams was able to identify many other chalk-loving plants for all the visitors.

Joe, and colleague Steve Peach (Head Ranger at QECP), had also brought butterfly nets with them and everyone enjoyed catching a range of species and identifying them.

But the two gorgeous slow worms stole the show and, like all the other specimens, were released back into the wild at the end of the morning.

Blitz in the Pits

A morning in the Buriton Chalk Pits, with experts showing some of the wildlife that can be found.

As a follow-up to successful Bio-Blitz in previous years, Rangers from the Queen Elizabeth Country Park will be hosting a fun event in the Buriton Chalk Pits on Saturday 17th June: from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

Experts will show people the range of flowers and wildlife that can be found in and around the Chalk Pits Nature Reserve.

There are also plans to have a ‘sensory table’ with things like tree bark as well as food stuffs that can be made from plants such as jams etc.

BBC Countryfile visits Buriton

Posted on Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:40pm

The BBC spent almost a full day in the parish on Thursday 16th February as part of a programme which is planned to be shown on Sunday March 5th.

The filming was part of a special feature about the Dark Night Skies of the South Downs National Park and Buriton was selected because of the quality of the darkness here.

The BBC team, with presenter Helen Skelton, spent much of the morning in the Chalk Pits Nature Reserve, discovering a range of night-flying moths that had been trapped overnight. As with many other species of nocturnal wildlife, light pollution from a range of sources can cause them to become disorientated, able to collect less food and threatening their chances of reproducing.

Chalk Pits ?Trim, Burn & Learn' Day

Come along and help the Country Park's rangers with some vital habitat management.

Scrub and invasive species can sometimes encroach onto important areas of the Chalk Pits Nature Reserve.

So, now and again, the Rangers have to remove unwanted scrub to let the flowers grow and improve the habitat for insects.

If you fancy giving the Rangers a hand and getting a bit of physical exercise at the same time, why not come along and do your bit for conservation.

Dawn chorus success

Posted on Wed, 13/05/2015 - 6:34pm

A small group of bleary eyes but well-tuned ears enjoyed the delights of the Dawn Chorus in the Chalk Pits at the beginning of May.

Almost 20 different species of birds were heard with migrants mixing with reliable favourites and it was encouraging to hear some rarer species in this Nature Reserve such as Firecrests, Goldcrests and Stock doves.

For those who didn’t manage the 5am start, come along to the evening birdsong walk on Thursday 21st May instead:

From Chalk to Cheese

Posted on Fri, 03/04/2015 - 7:02pm

To mark the end of the five-year lottery-funded project to enhance the Buriton Chalk Pits Local Nature Reserve, the organisers have arranged for a new book to be available (free of charge) for every household in the parish.

The book is an unusual history book – telling the story of why, over thousands of years, chalk has been quarried and turned into lime.

Evening birdsong walk

Spend an enchanting evening in one of our Local Nature Reserves and emerge much wiser about the distinctive bird songs of many of our local species.

Buriton resident and natural history expert Di Mitchell will be leading a guided tour – and there may be opportunities to look at a range of different wild orchids too.

Meet at 6.30pm at Buriton village pond – and please remember to wear suitable shoes as parts of the site are steep.