SEAFORD HEAD - SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK

 

  EXPLORE THE SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK ACROSS THE CHALK CLIFFS FROM EASTBOURNE TO WORTHING

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The coastguard cottages at Seaford Head

 

 

 

 

KEY FACTS

The South Downs National Park is the newest of the UKs 15 National Parks. It officially came into being on 31 March 2010. Yet, the idea of a National Park in the South Downs can be traced all the way back to 1929. 

 

In 2016 the National Park was granted International Dark Sky Reserve status, making it one of the best places in the country to view the night sky. Today, the area is one of only 16 such Reserves in the world. The South Downs Way is one of 15 National Trails. However, it is the only National Trail to lie entirely within a National Park.

 

The National Park is home to a number of globally important habitats, including lowland heath, described as rarer than rainforest. Woolmer Forest, a lowland heath site, is the only place in the country to have all 12 of the UKs native amphibian and reptile species. 


Around 4% of the land in the National Park is chalk grassland. Since the Second World War, the UK has lost over 80% of its chalk grassland. 

 

The South Downs is home to a number of rare species, including the Adonis blue butterfly that thrives in chalk grassland. 

It is thought that the chalk ridgeline of the South Downs Way has been used by people for more than 6000 years. Cissbury Ring, just north of Worthing, is the second largest hillfort in England. It is a Scheduled monument due to its Neolithic flint mines and the remnants of the Iron Age fort. 

 

The South Downs is the most populous of the UKs National Park. 117,000 live and work within the Parks boundaries with an additional 2 million people living within 5km of the Park.

 

The beaches along the coast of the South Downs National Park, are littered with plastic waste, that is left by visitors, or blown up onto the shore with the tide. Many local groups organise beach cleaning parties on a regular basis, but cannot keep up with the flow of plastic that is being dumped into the sea from rivers all over the world that are unregulated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINKS & REFERENCE

 

https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

Sussex farming, making hay while the sun shines

 

 

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