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The Countryside of East Sussex

Discover the countryside of East Sussex on holiday or on your doorstep


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Discover East Sussex
Walks, access and countryside sites at the councils web site. Also see Conservation & Wildlife.

Countryside at Love Sussex
Discover the countryside in Sussex. With walks and cycle routes, adventure ideas and park details.

Sussex Wildlife Trust
Explore their reserves and the wildlife of Sussex and a lot more!

Coast & Countryside
Visit Brighton and Hove - The opportunities for exploring the region.

Local Nature Reserves in East Sussex
An extensive list with further details of sites at Wikipedia.

E. Sussex National Nature Reserves
Details at .gov web site of the National Nature Reserve designations in East Sussex.

South Downs National Park
Information and inspiration for you to discover the nature of the park. West Sussex.

South Downs at Wikipedia
Includes geography, geology, the parks and reserves and more.

CPRE Sussex
We work to protect our countryside for all to enjoy. We campaign, provide advice and information.

Ashdown Forest
One of the largest public access sites in the South East.

Coast and countryside in Sussex
Details of National Trust land, properties and ideas for exploring.

Autism & Nature (.pdf)
Visiting the East Sussex Countryside: a guide for families, children and young people with autism.

High Weald AONB
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 1461 square km of Sussex, Kent and Surrey.

Sussex Local Nature Partnership
Works across sectors and organisations to secure the healthiest ecological system possible.

Walking in Sussex
All walks are free to view, download and print.

Sponsored Listings
Please get in touch to apply

Rural Retreats in Sussex

A dozen self catering holiday options in beautiful countryside locations. Stay at a rustic cottage, a converted barn, a wooden garden lodge or even a Yurt or old Oast House.

CoolStays in East Sussex

More than 40 unique properties for short breaks or holidays. Their fascinating portfolio includes log cabins, cottages, a converted bus, treehouses, an old painted gypsy wagon and so much more, all surrounded by nature.

Seven Sisters chalk cliffs
© Bart Jelenski

Latest News

  • Annual woodcock monitoring 2020

    Volunteers for this survey are asked to follow the new guidance published by the BTO on 24 March ( The BTO will review the situation at the end of April and determine whether this survey can take place during May and June or at a reduced level in June with two visits. New volunteers are

  • BTO Breeding Bird Survey (BBS): new volunteers needed

    Volunteers for this survey are asked to follow the new guidance published by the BTO on 24 March ( The BTO will review the situation at the end of April and determine whether this survey can take place during May and June at a reduced level with just one visit. New volunteers are welcome to

  • SOS AGM postponed

    As you were probably expecting after the government’s statement yesterday, the decision has been taken to postpone the AGM until such time as restrictions are lifted.  

  • Seabirds Count: Urban Nesting Gull Surveys

    Seabirds Count: Britain and Ireland’s 4th Breeding Seabird Census Since 1969 there have been periodic censuses of breeding seabirds in Britain and Ireland. The last census was completed in 2002; due to the time that has passed, it is important another survey takes place. Seabirds Count was developed by the Seabird Monitoring Programme (SMP) partnership

  • Surveyors needed – Nightingales and Turtle Doves in Chiddingfold Forest

    We have been asked by Andy Page, Forestry England to organise surveys of breeding Nightingales and Turtle Doves in Chiddingfold Forest. The Forest straddles the Sussex/Surrey border just to the south and east of the village of Chiddingfold. It consists of a collection of woods, largely designated as SSSIs, five of which are within Sussex

  • RSPB/BTO Breeding Waders of Wet Meadows Survey: CANCELLED

    THIS SURVEY HAS BEEN CANCELLED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE SURVEY WILL TAKE PLACE IN 2021 In 2020 the BTO and RSPB are jointly running a national survey of breeding waders in wet meadows. This will be a repeat of the 2002 survey, requiring visits to the sites surveyed in 2002 and

  • Volunteers needed!

    The Annual General Meeting is fast approaching and we are looking for members to fill the following Council roles: Secretary:  This is a pivotal role within the Society. Would suit someone with good organisational skills, to take the minutes of Council meetings (5 a year) and look after the day to day correspondence of the

  • Scarce Breeding Birds

    The breeding season is already underway for some birds. Please respect the special protection for species listed in Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (see list here). For scarce breeding species in Sussex, please consider carefully the risks of disturbance before reporting sightings on social media, including this website, unless the sites

  • Sussex Bird Report 2018: correction

    The society apologises for the incorrect headings in the table showing the results from the recent three seasons for the Sussex Winter Bird Survey in the 2018 Sussex Bird Report (pages 205-208). The three columns for each season should be headed: Column 1 (% of squares): is the percentage of 1-km squares (to the nearest

  • BTO Breeding Bird Survey: new volunteers needed

    Now is the ideal time to sign up to take part in the BTO Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) for this breeding season and to arrange to come along to an informal practice session with other volunteers. This national monitoring scheme is administered by the BTO and jointly funded by the BTO, JNCC and RSPB. It

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