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The Countryside of West Sussex

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

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Places to visit and explore
Information from West Sussex County Council including walking & cycling and natural attractions.

Nature and Wildlife
Discover nature and wildlife in West Sussex and get inspiration for your next trip.

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

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.

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

South Downs Way - National Trails
Experience some of our finest countryside between Winchester and the white chalk cliffs at Eastbourne.

Downloadable walks in Sussex - NT
Stargazing walks, romantic rambles, beachside walks and pub trails for you to enjoy in Sussex.

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

Sponsored Listings

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Rural Retreats in Sussex

Beautiful cottages, converted barns, country houses, garden lodges, yurts and more with the South Downs National Park waiting to be explored.

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Latest News

  • Annual woodcock monitoring 2020

    Volunteers for this survey are asked to follow the new guidance published by the BTO on 24 March (https://www.bto.org/community/news/202003-bto-and-covid-19). 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 (https://www.bto.org/community/news/202003-bto-and-covid-19). 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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