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About South Downs Wildlife

We have two simple missions at South Downs Wildlife:

To share the amazing birds and other wildlife of the South Downs National Park and Sussex with as many people as possible.

And to help fund local conservation by donating some of our profits to wildlife charities.

We offer birding and wildlife tours and events in Sussex and the National Park, planned according to the species or experience you're after — all within easy reach of Brighton and London.

Whether you're an absolute beginner or a seasoned observer, we plan all our outings to be a rewarding experience, and we always have high-quality optics to hand to give you the best encounters.


Feel free to explore what we have on offer, or just check out what we've been seeing.

If you've got something in mind but can't see the right service on our pages, feel free to contact us and we'll see what we can put together for you!

We'd love to hear from you — please get in touch with any comments or questions.

Thanks for visiting!

David, Ingrid, Nick and Matt

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David's main expertise is in birds, having worked for BirdGuides and Rare Bird Alert, and as Assistant Warden at Dungeness Bird Observatory.

He regularly writes for Birdwatch Magazine and is a Wildlife Trusts ornithologist.

David has served the Sussex Ornithological Society as its Recorder, Swift Champion and a member of its rarities committee.


David holds a bird ringing (banding) license. His other favourite wildlife groups are butterflies, dragonflies, moths and mammals.

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Wildlife and art are two of Ingrid's biggest passions.


She moved south from Edinburgh and graduated with a degree in illustration from Brighton University in 2015.


Since then, she has worked as a Teaching Assistant and run after-school wildlife clubs with Earth Calling.


A passionate all-round naturalist, Ingrid is particularly fond of fish, insects, wildflowers and mammals (especially lagomorphs!).

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Nick is an experienced birder and knowledgeable about a range of other wildlife found across the South Downs and Sussex, after moving down from Surrey over a decade ago.


Handy with a camera, he put his photographic eye to good use as Photographic Editor of the Sussex Bird Report for several years.


Nick keeps the Worthing Birding blog up to date with local sightings.

Matt Phelps


Matt lives in Pulborough, in the heart of the South Downs National Park. He is an eBird data reviewer for Sussex and sits on the Sussex Ornithological Society rarities committee.

With a wide-ranging natural history knowledge alongside extensive birding experience, Matt leads a variety of South Downs Wildlife events.


Often found at Knepp, he also leads safaris at the famous rewilding site. Always one for working outdoors, Matt has been a National Trust warden and ecology groundsman.

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