Maves works in partnership with the South Downs National Park, sharing at local level its goals to understand, conserve and enhance the special qualities of our landscape.
Environmentally and for its long views in the landscape, the whole MAVES area could have qualified for inclusion in the National Park: the rare flushed fen habitat of the secluded Binsted and Tortington rife valleys with their grazing marshes, and the more open watermeadows east of the Arun, were assessed by environmental organisations to meet the standards for natural beauty. But the boundary was pushed northwards because parts of the area only have limited recreational access, and also because of the uncertainties surrounding the Arundel Bypass, and the decision to exclude the town of Arundel.
So the whole Maves area is relevant and important to the National Park, whether within its boundary, or, forming a very important part of its setting in the dip slope and estuarine coastal plain. Wildlife, and people, go to and fro between its open countryside and its woodland - the wildlife to meet their mixed habitat needs, the people for their recreational or business needs.
This close relationship means Maves works with National Park rangers Simon Mockford and Sam Buckland for advice and support, and they look to us, as a community environmental organisation, to achieve more in the Park and its environs than they could do without us. The National Park has funded some of our dormouse survey boxes - click here to read about the Maves dormouse project.
Below, you will find links to other organisations who are active in support of conserving and enhancing the MAVES area's countryside, or the kinds of wildlife, habitats and rural heritage that are found here.
If you would like a link to your environmental organisation to be featured here, please email us using the Contact page.