the Seven Sisters from Seaford Head, Sussex

Sussex - late spring in southern England

This short break will introduce us to the beautiful county of Sussex and the best of its spring wildlife.
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Our base for the week will be the village of Buxted, ideally located in the picturesque High Weald of East Sussex.

Our explorations take us to the important heathland of Ashdown Forest, home to rare plants and insects, along with a fantastic assemblage of birds including Common Redstarts, Dartford Warblers and Nightjars. We will also visit some of the glorious meadows and ghyll woodland of the Sussex High Weald.

A visit to the coast will take us to Rye Harbour to spend time amongst its saltmarsh, reedbed and vegetated shingle banks. The reserve has nesting Little Terns, Avocets, Wheatears and Mediterranean Gulls, among many others, and the coastline here is home to specialist plants such as Sea Pea, Rock Samphire and Sea Spurge that thrive among the shingle.

We will also visit the South Downs National Park, which at this time of year should be full of colour from the rich chalk grassland flora.

Our visit wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Knepp Wildland, an interesting rewilding project in the heart of the county where we will find out more about the approach being used for conservation here and experience some of the growing number of species that are calling the estate home; all during the height of the breeding bird season.

The holiday has been designed to give us an opportunity to experience the diversity of Sussex’s habitats and look for a good range of wild flowers, birds, butterflies and other wildlife along the way.

Please note that holidays change, although sometimes only slightly, from year to year and previous trip reports may not reflect the planned itinerary, or other holiday details, for the current trip. Please ask us if you would like to know of any significant differences.

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