Steyning Downland Scheme

The Steyning Downland Scheme exists to engage local people, and young people in particular, in enhancing their local landscape for the benefit of the community, the land and its wildlife.

Common Spotted Orchid

Photo: Pete Varkala

A team of volunteer surveyors, with help from local specialists, monitor botany developments on the open chalk grassland. The outcomes of this will directly inform future land management decisions, and contribute to building up a more detailed and informed picture of wildlife on the Steyning Downs. It will also be used to introduce young people to the richness of their locality, and to show them the effects of conservation work they have carried out themselves. And it should be good fun!

Steyning Downland Scheme volunteers

Photo: Sherie New

We are looking for volunteer botany surveyors to join our team. The group will survey together for one morning a month from May to September, learning from each other, and enjoying the detail of the countryside together. Dates for the summer will be decided following the initial briefing meeting.

Introduction and briefing meeting 7.30 – 9.00, Thursday May 19th

If you would like to get involved, or would like further information, please contact Bryony Webb, Steyning Downland Scheme (Tuesday morning, Wednesday all day and Thursday morning) Wiston Estate Office, Wiston Park, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3DD Tel: 01903 812129 Fax: 01903 879902 bryony[at]