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A designated urban biosphere reserve, The Living Coast stretches between Newhaven and Shoreham-by-Sea in Sussex. From the grassy South Downs down to the chalk-and-shingle coast and city streets, it embraces everyone and everything that lives within this area and makes life here possible.

UNESCO biospheres are areas with significant natural value, created to help us learn how to balance what people and nature need to flourish. If you live, work or visit this region, you are part of The Living Coast and can be a part of creating an environment that we can all enjoy now and in the future.

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Celebrating summer in The Living Coast

Celebrating summer in The Living Coast

Brighton & Hove Wildlife Forum share what our local wildlife is doing in the summer months.

Announcing The Living Coast Artist Residency 2022

Announcing The Living Coast Artist Residency 2022

Announcing the selected artists for The Living Coast Artist Residencies 2022.

67,000 Citizen Scientists take the City Nature Challenge ’22

67,000 Citizen Scientists take the City Nature Challenge ’22

The 2022 City Nature Challenge welcomed 67,220 citizen scientists in May to the annual challenge recording local nature in cities across the globe.

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Sussex Willow Coffins
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Sussex Willow Coffins

Sussex Willow Coffins create hand crafted coffins with a low environmental impact being made from 100% natural materials and hand woven at their small workshop in the heart of Sussex.

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Photo by Liz Finlayson/Vervate The Living Coast, the Brighton & Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere Region includes land and sea from Shoreham to Newhaven.  Shoreham Beach Sea Swimmers

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