SEAFORD HEAD - SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK
The coastguard cottages at Seaford Head
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 UK’s native amphibian and reptile species.
The South Downs is home to a number of rare species, including the Adonis blue butterfly that thrives in chalk grassland.
The South Downs is the most populous of the UK’s National Park. 117,000 live and work within the Park’s boundaries with an additional 2 million people living within 5km of the Park.
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.
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