East Sussex is a county in South East England. It is bordered by the counties of Kent to the north and east, Surrey to the north west and West Sussex to the west, and to the south by the English Channel.
From a geological point of view East Sussex is part of southern anticline of the Weald: the South Downs, a range of moderate chalk hills which run across the southern part of the county from west to east and mirrored in Kent by the North Downs. To the north lie parallel valleys and ridges, the highest of which is the Weald itself (the Hastings beds and Wealden Clay). The sandstones and clays meet the sea at Hastings; the Downs, at Beachy Head.
Rye Harbour is part of the bird-rich length of soft coast running from Pett Levels, east of Hastings, to Dungeness in Kent.
Beachy Head where the chalk hills of the South Downs meet the sea, is famous for its migrating birds. Nearby sites of interest include the Cuckmere Haven (TV 519995); Lullington Heath (TQ 545018) and Seaford Head (TV 505980).
Ashdown Forest 2,560 ha of heathland and woodland on the High Weald, is home to substantial populations of Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus and Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata.
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29 Cobbetts Mead, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 3TQ
Number of Species
Number of bird species: 384
(Old Vice-County - both East & West Sussex)
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Best Birdwatching Sites in Sussex
Adrian Thomas & Peter Francis (2003). 192 pages, 57 sites, and includes sections on The Sussex Birding Year, Seawatching in Sussex, Best Sites for Wheelchair Users and Public Transport, and the Sussex Bird List. £14.50 from Buckingham Press. firstname.lastname@example.org, 01733 561739.
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Birds of Sussex
Paul James (1996) (Sussex Ornithological Society). Price ?23.50 including p.& p. from Mrs I.M. Simpson, Hardanger, Littleworth, Partridge Green, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 8JE
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Where to Watch Birds in Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Don Taylor, Jeffrey Wheatley and Paul James - 432 pages, 35 line illus, 54 maps. Christopher Helm 2009
ISBN: 9781408105856Buy this book from NHBS.com
Birds of Sussex
Michael Shrubb Hardcover - 366 pages (1979) Phillimore & Co Ltd
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Sussex Bird Report
Sussex Bird Reports are published each year by the Sussex Ornithological Society and copies are available from John Trowell, Lorrimer, Main Road, Icklesham, Nr. Winchelsea, Sussex TN36 4BS. (01424 813722)
Guides & Tour Operators
Plovers - Romney Marsh Birdwatching Breaks
This website is designed to allow you to see the services available at 'Plovers', Lydd-on-Sea. Pat & Paul Trodd, Plovers, 1 Toby Road, Lydd-on-Sea, Romney Marsh, Kent TN29 9PG Phone 01797 366935 & 07920 197535 Email: email@example.com
CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.
Sussex Wildlife Trust
Sussex Wildlife Trust was formed in 1961 and now has more than 10,000 members. They manage some of the finest sites in Sussex as nature reserves and have 38 reserves covering some of the finest ancient woodlands in Western Europe, spectacular chalk downland, heathlands, grazing marsh and wild flower meadows.
Sussex Ornithological Society
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Sussex University - Centre for the Study of Evolution
The Booth Museum
The Booth Museum is all about birds, butterflies, fossils, and bones. Founded as a Victorian collector's private museum, the Booth Museum now brings natural history to life with interactive displays and hands on activities.
RSPB - Fore Wood
A wide range of woodland birds breed including nightingales, spotted flycatchers and great and lesser spotted woodpeckers…
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
The Nature Reserve is in the Rother District in the County of East Sussex, England. It lies on the coast to the south of the Cinque Port town of Rye, to the west of the River Rother. Within the wider area of ROMNEY MARSH the land has several national and international designations of its wildlife interest. There are eight Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI); a candidate Special Protection Area (SPA); a candidate Ramsar wetland site, a potential Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and an Important Bird Area (IBA). Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has all these designations.
The Forewood is a substantial block of woodland situated in the Parish of Crowhurst, which lies between Hastings and Battle in East Sussex. I was born and brought up in Crowhurst, and for much of my early life lived at the housing estate which backs onto the South-East corner of the wood. It was one vast playground and adventure park combined, and my knowledge and love of natural history comes mostly from my childhood spent there. The purchase of the wood in the early 1970s by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds secured it's future, and led me to join this excellent organisation…
Forums & Mailing Lists
Rye Bay Wildlife
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Mailing List – Discussion Group - A forum for discussing wildlife observations and news in Rye Bay, East Sussex, UK
Birding Walks in RXLand
Within a short distance of Hastings, East Sussex, there is a varied and ancient countryside comprising coast, marsh, river valleys, woodlands and historic settlements, much of which is little visited by bird-watchers. “RX” is a designation borrowed from the fishing fleet, to denote the stretch of coast between Hastings and Hythe and its hinterland…
Matt Eade's Blog
Bird sightings, mainly from East Sussex but also elsewhere around the world, also other interesting wildlife noted…
This blog is devoted to the birds of Firle, a small village on the slopes of the Sussex Downs…
Birds of Sussex
This site is dedicated to Birds seen in the County of Sussex. It contains information on local sites and Pictures of the birds seen in Sussex. There is also a section for Pictures of some of the National rarities that I have seen. A link is provided to a page that is updated regularly with the sightings from Ovingdean and Roedean, which is my Local patch. It will obviously be updated more regularly at times of migration….
Rye Harbour Wildlife News
Wildlife sightings from Romney Marshes Living Landscape - All the latest wildlife news & events from Hastings, Rye Bay, Dungeness & Romney Marsh…
Romney Marsh Countryside Project
The Romney Marsh Countryside Project was set up in June 1996, a sister project to the White Cliffs Countryside Project. The project aims to care for the special landscape and wildlife of the Romney Marsh and Dungeness…
Nature walks throughout the year…
Photographers & Artists
Artist - Basil Ede
BASIL EDE - MASTER BIRD PAINTER, born in Surrey, England, in 1931, is a classic bird portraitist. Following in the footsteps of MARK CATESBY (1683-1749) and JOHN JAMES AUDUBON (1785-1851) he travelled to Virginia in 1962 to see the birds of the New World. Nevertheless it was the British painter, ARCHIBALD THORBURN whose work influenced the young artist most of all.