Seaford Community WIldlife Project

by Sarah Ryman Wildlife Spotlight on Health & wellbeing

The Seaford Community Wildlife Project focuses on establishing strong links between The Living Coast's coastal town of Seaford and its under-utilised nature reserve at Seaford Head. The most iconic view in England, the majestic Beachy Head and Seven Sisters cliffs, is known around the world yet relatively few people, including people in the local community who live on its doorstep, experience it for real and know about the wealth of natural heritage to be found on the reserve.

Seaford Head - Nigel Symingtonphoto: Nigel Symington

The opportunities for discovery of this hidden gem are great. Our two year project will provide a firm link between the town and the Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserve with a host of opportunities for the community to learn skills, volunteer and experience nature. It will build on practical conservation work on the nature reserve, enable wildlife habitat improvements to happen in school grounds and in the town and interpretation, signage and literature will encourage people to visit Seaford Head Nature Reserve. A Project Officer will work with the town council, local groups and the community to engage a range of people in learning activities to provide a burst of energy and enthusiasm to kick start a longstanding relationship with local nature.


The project includes:
• Walks, talks, courses & activities including rockpooling, moth evenings, beach cleans and species surveys
• A Wildlife Rangers group (age 12-16) – Thursdays in school holidays
• A weekly Youth Rangers group (age 16-25) – Tuesdays during term time
• Production of interpretation boards, way-marking, signage and leaflets to interpret natural heritage and local history
Arange of habitat management tasks and a new long –term management plan for the site
• Volunteer training opportunities
• A ‘Wild about Seaford’ community group – Facebook page & free events
• Wild Beach sessions for schools and training for teachers
• Developing school grounds and local green spaces for wildlife


For more information or to get involved please contact the Project Officer, Nikki Hills:
Email: nikkihills@sussexwt.org.uk Tel: 07498 251494

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