Discover Conservation Grazing

27th March 2024, 10:30 - 12:30


Discover Conservation Grazing at Chipstead Downs
Wednesday 27 March 2024
10.30am – 12.30am




Explore the beautiful scenery of Chipstead Downs, a candidate area under the Surrey Hills boundary review, as we learn about the incredible impact of conservation grazing on chalk downland.

Sean Grufferty, Senior Grazing Officer for the Downlands Partnership will guide us on a gentle stroll through the area and will talk us through the concept of conservation grazing including:

  • The use of NoFence collars.
  • How sheep and cattle graze and their uses. Differences of breeds and how this is managed specifically for what partners want to achieve with conservation grazing.
  • Assessing chalk downland habitat and general points on how to achieve chalk grassland habitat.
  • Challenges in conservation grazing and conflicts between land uses.
  • Identification of chalk grassland species.


We should also be able to see both cattle and sheep conservation grazing in action, so you may wish to  bring your camera.



Please dress appropriately for being outdoors at this time of year, wear suitable footwear (closed shoes) and you may wish to bring an extra layer and a waterproof if it’s raining.

Children are welcome but anyone under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult/parent/guardian. This event is not suitable for pushchairs or those with mobility challenges.

Sorry, no dogs.

This gentle walk will take us around 2 hours. The walk is classed as moderate. It is generally gently sloped but there are some steeper sections in some areas.

Cost to Members: £7.50
Cost to Non-members: £12.00

The cost of your ticket includes a donation to The Downlands Trust

Toilets can be found in The Rambler’s Rest Pub but please note that this does not open until 11am.

Deadline for booking 23 March 2024

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