• Courses & Events

      at the Sompting Downs Barn Environment Education Centre

      Come and learn about farming, wildlife and history in our beautiful downland.

      For Forest Schools in the woods on Sompting Downs, contact Mark and Nicky Hedgecock .  For School Visits or other enquiries, contact the Managing Trustee

      Click here for Directions to the Downs Barn.

      2017
      Date
      Time
      Course
      Provider
      Tutor/Leader
      Open 
      to
      More
      information
      8.07.17 10.00-16.00 Conservation, Ecology and Identification of Bumblebees Sussex Wildlife Trust Mike Edwards SWT members/anyone 01273 497561
      25.06.17 10-30 - 16.30 Chalk grassland and small woodland conservation on the Sompting Estate Steyning Downland Scheme Sarah Quantrill / Mike Tristram Steyning Downland Scheme Volunteers 01903 817996
      17.06.17 09.00 - 17.00 Flint knapping training day Worthing Archaeological Society  Bob Turner / Jacqui Lake WAS members WAS
      02.04.17 12.30-16.00 Downland dewponds walk Sompting Parish Council / S.Estate Leighton Clay / Mike Tristram Sompting residents TO BE CONFIRMED
      25.02.17 09.45-13.00 Sompting Brooks walk 
      (At HJ Community Centre Loose Lane not Downs Barn)
      Sompting Parish Council / S.Estate Leighton Clay / Mike Tristram Sompting residents Sompting Parish Council
      2016
      Date
      Time
      Course
      Provider
      Tutor/Leader
      Open 
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      information
      23.11.16 10.30-13.00 National Park Rangers South Downs Way team meeting SDNPA Andy Gattiker / Nigel James SDNPA SDW team only  
      14.10.16 12-3 Sussex Traditions Management Cttee meeting SxTs Mike Tristram SxTs Mgt Cttee  
      23.9.16 9-5 Strutt & Parker countryside team training day S&P Andrew Thomas S&P staff   
      25.08.16 7.30-10.00 An evening with Barn Owls SWT Mike Russell Any 01273 497561
      8.08.16 7.30-10 An evening with Barn Owls SWT Mike Russell Any 01273 497561

      6.08.16

      10 - 4 Basic Surveying Skills training day Worthing Archaeological Society Connie Shirley WAS members 01903 203608
      4.08.16 7.30-10 An evening with Barn Owls SWT Mike Russell Fully booked  
      2.08.16 19.00-c21.00 Annual Downs Barn Visit and Talk Lancing & Sompting Pastfinders & Sompting Estate Mike Tristram+ Pastfinders members (pre booking required)  
      16.7.16 10.00-16.00 Archaeological information from soils and seeds Worthing Archaeological Society Mike Allen WAS members 01903 203608
      15.7.16 10-4 Countryside Management SDNPA Nigel James SDNPA Countryside & Policy Managers  
      13.7.16 10-4 SDNP Rangers team training day SDNPA Tom Parry SDNPA staff  
      9.07.16 10.00 - 16.00 Conservation, Ecology and Identification of Bumblebees Sussex Wildlife Trust Mike Edwards Fully Booked 01273 497561
      10.06.16   Staff training day Nutshell      
      01.06.16   Estate meeting        
      20.05.16   Staff training day Nutshell      
      14.05.16   Sompting Parish walk & picnic        
      13.05.16   Staff training day Nutshell      
      23.03.16   Staff training day Nutshell      
      10.02.16   Staff training day Nutshell      
                   
      2015
      Date
      Time
      Course
      Provider
      Tutor/Leader
      Open 
      to
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      information
      16.05.15 10.00-16.30 Snails in Archaeology Worthing Archaeological Society Mike Allen/  
      Connie Shirley
      WAS members  
      26.06.15 10.30-15.30 Dewponds Walk & Talk South Downs Society & Sompting Estate Mike Tristram
      & Peter Harris
      SDS Members  
      04.08.15 19.00-c21.00 Annual Downs Barn Visit and Talk Lancing & Sompting Pastfinders & Sompting Estate Mike Tristram+ Pastfinders members (pre booking required)  
      08.08.15   Sompting Parish Walk Sompting PC/HJCentre & Sompting Estate  Mike Tristram+  Sompting residents   
      23.10.15 9.00-13.00 Birds of the Open Countryside Sussex Wildlife Trust Mike Russell SWT members/All  
      2014
      Date
      Time
      Course
      Provider
      Tutor/Leader
      Open 
      to
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      information
      12.06.14 9.30-16.00 Ranger meeting SDNPA Tom Parry SDNPA completed 
      01.07.14  9.30-13.30  Farming and Wildlife SWT (&GWCT) Peter Thompson SDNP Volunteers  completed
      13.07.14  9.30-13.30  Chalk grassland SWT (&GWCT) Graeme Lyons SDNP Volunteers  completed
      05.08.14  19.00-
      21.30
      Pastfinders downland talk:       Barns Old & New

      Lancing & Sompting Pastfinders

       

       Mike Tristram

      Members of Pastfinders

       completed
      26.07.14 tba Sompting Parish Walk Parish Council / HJC Simone Williams Sompting community completed
      27.09.14 10.30-14.00 Walk & Lunch/Talk at the Barn
      (provisional)
      North Lancing Community Association June White NLCA 01903 755522 
      26.10.14  10.00-17.00  Family Woodcraft Day  South Downs Society  Ingrid Worthington/ Nicky & Mark Hedgecock  SDS Members / Anyone  cancelled
      2013
      Date
      Time
      Course
      Provider
      Tutor/Leader
      Open 
      to
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      information
      12.05.13 10.00 Archaeology in the landscape Walk. WAS Connie Shirley WAS Members  
      30.05.13 14.00 - 17.00 Members Talk and Walk recep'n. SWT Jane English  SWT Members 01273 497527
      08.06.13 10.30- 16.30  Discovering Geology & Landscape on a downland estate

      South Downs Society

       

       David Bone/ Jane Major 

      Members of SDS £20
      Anyone £20

      01798 875073
      (09.00 - 13.00 Mon-Thurs)
      06.07.13

      9.00- 17.00 

      Pre Bronze Age - a day of flint period recognition, demonstration and practical

      Worthing Archaeological Society

       

       Bob Turner 
      + Gill Turner & Connie Shirley

       WAS Members

       01903 203608
      10.07.13  10.00-16.00 Farm & Environment Training Day  Strutt & Parker Andrew Thomas Strutt & Parker staff  
      30.07.13  09.00-13.00 Leica Total Station Training Day Worthing Archaeological Society  Connie Shirley WAS members  01903 203608
      06.08.13  19.00-
      21.30
      Pastfinders downland talk

      Lancing & Sompting Pastfinders

       

       Mike Tristram

      Members of Pastfinders

       
      17.08.13  @DB c.12.00  Sompting Community Walk  Sompting Parish Council & Community Centre  Mike Tristram 
      + CC/PC
       All  
      31.08.13  TSBP           
      5.9.13  15.30-19.00  HLS Farm Environment Study Walk  CJHedley Colin Hedley CJH Clients  
      8.11.13  Trust Mtg            
      14.11.13  09.00 - 17.00  Finds Illustration Training Day Worthing Archaeological Society  Connie Shirley, Gill Turner WAS members Click here for poster/more info 

      2012

                 
       22.03.12   9.00 - 17.00 Farming and Wildlife Staff Training Day  RSPB Bruce Fowkes RSPB  RSPB staff   
      26.05.12 10.30- 13.00 Visit and talk on what is happening on Sompting Estate and the National Park North Lancing Community Association (Mike Tristram)/ David Stevenson Members of NLCA  
      09.06.12 10.30- 16.30 Folklore, Superstitions & Traditions of the South Downs &Weald South Downs Society Chris Hare/ Jane Major  Members of SDS/All   01798 875073
      21.06.12 14.00 - 17.00 Members Talk and Walk recep'n. SWT Jane English  SWT Members 01273 497527
      22.06.12 10.00 - 3.30 Chalk Grassland Assessment  Natural England Sue Simpson NE Staff  
      30.06.12 9.00 - 17.00 Conservation, Ecology and Identification of Bumblebees SWT Mike Edwards Anyone 01273 497561
      07.07.12  10.30- 16.30 Smugglers, Highwaymen & Poachers of the South Downs &Weald South Downs Society Chris Hare/ Jane Major  Members of SDS/All   01798 875073
       07.08.12  19.00-
      21.30
       Pastfinders downland talk

      Lancing & Sompting Pastfinders

       

       Mike Tristram LSP Members   

      2011

                 
      29.03.11  9.30 - 16.30 Farming and Wildlife SWT  Peter Thompson, Game & Conservation Wildlife Trust Members of SWT/ GWCT 01273 497561 
      02.06.11  9.30 - 16.30  Members Talk and Walk recep'n. SWT  Jane English /    Neil Fletcher SWT Members 01273 497527 
       25.06.11

      9.30-
      16.30

      Conservation, Ecology and Identification of Bumblebees

      SWT Mike Edwards All 01273 497561
      02.08.11  19.00 - 21.00    Lancing & Sompting Pastfinders Mike Tristram LSP Members  
      15.09.11  9.30 - 16.30  The Life and Times of the Brown Hare SWT  Peter Thompson, Game & Conservation Wildlife Trust people involved in land management 01273 497561 
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