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Background on Seaford Head Nature Reserve
Seaford Head Nature Reserve is located at the eastern end of Seaford, spanning from Seaford Head over to Cuckmere Valley and inland with the Cuckmere River. The Reserve is jointly owned by Seaford Town Council, the National Trust and East Sussex County Council.
Seaford Head is classed as a Nature Reserve because it encompasses so many valuable conservation habitats. It stands on one side of one of the last remaining undeveloped river mouths on the South Coast, Cuckmere Estuary. It is home to many nationally rare and significant species of plant, birds and insect, providing visitors with a great conservation experience, together with peaceful walks with the world-renowned view of the Coastguard Cottages, Seven Sisters Cliffs and the Cuckmere River Valley (below).
(Picture courtesy of Wayne Spring)
The Nature Reserve is in the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding National Beauty and the Sussex Heritage Coast, and has also been declared a Voluntary Marine Conservation Area and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve Management Committee coordinates the maintenance and management of the site, with Councillors present and representatives from various organisations; Sussex Ornithological Society, Seaford Natural History Society, Sussex Wildlife Trust, the National Trust, South Downs National Park Authority, South Downs Society and Natural England, along with the tenant farmer and a representative from the Coastguard Cottages. The Management Committee meets thrice yearly.
Since June 2013, Sussex Wildlife Trust have conducted the management of the 83 hectare site for Seaford Town Council by the means of a Ranger who oversees the Reserve. For more information on Sussex Wildlife Trust please visit its website www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk. To coincide with the takeover in June 2013, the Management Committee compiled and approved a Management Plan 2013-2017 for the Nature Reserve. The Management Plan can be downloaded be clicking the links below:
SHLNR Management Plan pages 1 to 18
SHLNR Management Plan pages 19 to 40
There are a few voluntary groups that help to upkeep the Reserve. For further information, please contact the Sussex Wildlife Trust Ranger, Sarah Quantrill, on 01273 492630.
Pictured below, the past Mayor of Seaford, Councillor Linda Wallraven, and Chairman of Sussex Wildlife Trust, Carole Nicholson, celebrating the signing of a 25 year management lease of the Reserve. Also pictured are the Trust’s Ranger, Sarah Quantrill (left of centre) and valued local volunteers who carry out vital works onsite.