'Tye' meaning enclosure or common pasture is an area of registered common land. It is managed sensitively using traditional farming methods ensuring wildflowers, insects and ground nesting birds can flourish.
The site also has a dew pond which was originally dug out for livestock to drink from where no natural ponds or streams occur. These features are now important as wildlife havens and will attract insects, amphibians and feeding birds.
National important Bronze Age earthworks can be found on the Tye. Bowl Barrows which are burial mounds dating from 3000 years ago, would have originally been topped with chalk and stood out from the landscape.
The scrub clearance work carried out by the Friends is crucial to maintain these historic landmarks and help to preserve them for future generations.
The Telscombe Tye E-piece is a fine example of a chalk grassland habitat. Wildflower-rich chalk grassland is a rare habitat which is internationally protected and supports a wide range of flora and fauna.
Chalk grassland on the South Downs is the result of thousands of years of sheep grazing this landscape. The 'E-piece' is home to species including Devil's bit scabious, Bird's-foot trefoil and the rare Adonis Blue butterfly. The Friends of Telscombe Tye clear the encroaching scrub from the E-piece to maintain this habitat and allow the wildlife to thrive.