Heritage Open Days: Matterley Bowl

Thu 08/09/16 9:00 am

Join us for a guided tour of this stunning natural amphitheatre within the South Downs National Park. Originally of glacial formation, the Matterley Bowl was once the setting for General Dwight Eisenhower to address members of the American invasion force shortly before the D Day launch in June 1944. Also there at that time was Joe Louis, the heavy weight boxing champion of the world, giving his fellow GIs a boxing exhibition.

The bowl has more recently been the backdrop to several music festivals but, on this heritage day, you will be able to see examples of traditional land management skills such as hedge laying and hurdle making.

We are also pleased to have Jayne Chapman, Reserves Officer at Butterfly Conservation and Ashley Whitlock, a local butterfly expert, leading some tours of the ridgeline to the Cheesefoot Head SSSI to look for late flying butterflies and day flying moths. Jayne will also give an introduction to the management of chalk grassland and give an identification presentation of low growing herbs and wildflowers.

Unsuitable for small children