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The Countryside of East Sussex

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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
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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

  • 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

  • SOS Annual Conference

    A superb day at Clair Hall yesterday – a full house again, and the speakers were so interesting and informative. Great to catch up with old friends and meet new ones! David Howey’s personal research on the Kittiwakes nesting at Splash Point gave so much information relevant to Sussex, but also showed how statistics can

  • SOS T shirts now available

    During the brilliant day at SOS Conference yesterday, our Sales Team unveiled the latest addition to the SOS clothing range. A t-shirt with snappy Stonechat artwork by Clare Buckle.  Many thanks to Clare for designing this – not part of her role as Secretary to the SOS Scientific Committee!       The t shirt

  • New Year Bird Race – Update

    Apologies for tardiness in updating the list – have been away from computer for several days! I suspect that virtually all the results are now in and here is the (preliminary) final order 101* Rolling Turnstones 101 Martlets 93  Dynamic Duo 93 Mike’s Mergansers 87 North Wallcreepers 87 The Ryenecks 87 The Great Twits 81 TQ01ers

  • SOS Marsh Tit survey 2020

    SOS Marsh Tit survey 2020 Background Both Marsh Tit and Willow Tit, the two Poecile species in Sussex, have declined nationally. The later species is the second fastest declining species in the UK, after Turtle Dove, having declined by 93% since the 1960s. A Sussex survey for Willow Tit in 2019 failed to find a

  • International Swan Census 2020

    The International Swan Census 2020 takes place over the weekend of 11-12 January and will gather information on numbers of Bewick’s and whooper swans as well as information on breeding success and habitat use. In Sussex the following sites will ideally be checked during or near the census weekend: Knepp Millpond River Arun (Arundel to

  • BTO/RSPB Breeding Waders of Wet Meadows Survey 2020

    In 2020 the BTO and RSPB will jointly be 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 with the addition of any new wet grassland sites that are identified. It is possible that the survey

  • Wealden Heaths Breeding Bird Survey – 2019 Update

    Click here to read the 2019 update to this survey.

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