The banner shows summer flowers on Old Down taken in June

Expect to see orchids on Beggarwood in several places including the orchid meadow on the east side of the park

Harlequin ladybirds and others on tree trunks and twigs. Also often seen on gorse and yew

Butterflies like this gatekeeper are most often  seen on sunny days

Kidney vetch is an excellent source of nectar for long tongued bees

See  more photos taken recently

For more information see Management Overview page

Work Parties
Work parties on Old Down  every Thursday morning 10am at Old Down Hall. We don't mind if it's cold as you soon get warm but unrelenting rain is a different matter. You will be sent a confirmation email the day before if you are on our list of volunteers

Work parties on Beggarwood

Work parties run from 10.00 to 12.00am.
Normally on the third Saturday of each month

Please note: 
It seems likely that we now have a leader for the Beggarwood work parties.  Watch this space if you are interested in joining.

BUTTERFLY WALK ON OLD DOWN in association with Love Parks Week
Saturday 21st July 2pm at Old Down Hall, Kempshott Lane.
Join us for a walk on Old Down to see the summer butterflies.
It will probably take 1 - 2 hours depending on what we see.
Donations appreciated towards our work to make Old Down an even better place for wildlife.
Unfortunately it may have to be cancelled if it is wet as butterflies do not fly in the rain.  If you hope to come on this walk but would like to be advised if it is cancelled please email us at  
Someone will be a Old Down Hall at 2pm whatever the weather.

For courses you need to be a full member (annual subscription £5.00) but there is no further fee for the course. For other events a donation of £2.00 from non members and £1.00 from members is requested. For work parties we should probably pay you but sadly it doesn't work that way

For enquiries and courses contact Jill Lincoln at