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Location West Sussex, South East England
  • News ‘Give nature space and it will come back’: rewilding returns endangered species to UK’s south coast, (Jun 27, 2024)
  • News ‘Does rewilding sort climate change? Yes!’: UK expert says nature can save planet and not harm farming, (Feb 25, 2024)
  • News Kent and Sussex hosepipe ban announced amid water shortage, BBC News (Jun 19, 2023)

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Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]


Climate action[edit | edit source]

Authors: This Worthing News
Date: 2023-03-20
  • Climate Resilience Centre Worthing, charity formed from an association of local groups working together to help deliver events, information and workshops on climate justice and a wide variety of other topics, added 16:46, 11 March 2024 (UTC)
  • Adur and Worthing Climate Assembly, September and December 2020. 18 recommendations covering biodiversity, education, energy use, planning, transport, waste reduction and recycling put before leaders of Adur & Worthing Councils' at the Joint Strategic Committee, in January 2021.[1]

Ecosystem retoration[edit | edit source]

Sussex Bay: All Welcome
Authors: Sussex Bay - official channel
Date: 2024-06-20
  • Sussex Bay, vision: "100 miles of coastline where our seascape and rivers flourish. A healthy blue ecosystem in which nature, people and local economy can thrive." Video: Sussex Bay - official channel on

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

Community projects[edit | edit source]

  • Wilder Horsham District,, 5 year project, begun in October 2020, working closely with local communities and landowners to deliver a Nature Recovery Network for Horsham District.
  • Gatwick Greenspace Partnership,, community project working to benefit people, wildlife and the countryside between Horsham, Crawley, Horley, Reigate and Dorking.

Sussex Wildlife Trust[edit | edit source]

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The Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT) is a conservation charity which aims to protect natural life in Sussex. It was founded in 1961 and is one of 46 wildlife trusts across the UK and the Isle of Man and Alderney. As of 2019, it has 33,000 members and manages 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of land for nature. It is a registered charity and in the year to 31 March 2019 it had an income of £5.7 million and expenditure of £4 million, resulting in net income of £1.7 million.

The SWT manages twenty-six nature reserves in the county. Nineteen are Sites of Special Scientific Interest, one is a national nature reserve, eleven are local nature reserves, eight are Special Areas of Conservation, three are Special Protection Areas, three are Ramsar sites and seven are Nature Conservation Review sites. Its headquarters at Woods Mill, south of Henfield, is also a nature reserve with a lake, woodland and meadows.

The historic county of Sussex is divided into the administrative counties of East Sussex and West Sussex. The South Downs stretches across the county from west to east. This area is chalk and to the north is the Weald, which is composed of heavy clays and sand. The coast has a succession of holiday towns such as Brighton, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis and Worthing.

Rewilding[edit | edit source]

Knepp Wildland[edit | edit source]

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Knepp Wildland is the first major lowland rewilding project in England. It comprises 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of former arable and dairy farmland in the grounds of Knepp Castle, in West Sussex.

Since 2000 when the conversion from intensive agriculture started, the land now supports many rare species including turtle doves, barbastelle bats, slow-worms and barred grass snakes; it has become a major nesting site for nightingales; a breeding hotspot for purple emperor butterflies; the site of the first white stork chicks raised in the wild in England for 600 years, and is home to the first beavers living in the wild in Sussex for 400 years. On 17 November 2021, the very rare vagrant emperor dragonfly (Anax ephippiger) was discovered in one field.

see also: Rewilding UK, Video, (sections marked)

Coastal community activism[edit | edit source]

Wild Coast Sussex Project Launch
Authors: Sussex Wildlife Trust, Jul 20, 2020

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Housing and land[edit | edit source]

  • Sussex Community Housing Hub, established to provide essential support for communities across Sussex wishing to pursue successful community led housing projects. 'added 16:20, 17 December 2021 (UTC)

See also: Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England, Housing UK news

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Walking: Wikipedia: Footpaths in West Sussex (category), South Downs Way

Waterways: The River Wey and Wey Navigations Community Site, non-commercial site of over 200,000 words all about the River Wey including information and images about the source of the Wey at Black Down in West Sussex - The Wey & Arun Canal Trust - Wikipedia: Wey and Arun Canal

Resources[edit | edit source]

Past events[edit | edit source]


April 12 - 13 Eco Open Houses Worthing

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

  • A green new deal for Gatwick,, 25 November 2020
  • Save Our South Coast Alliance an alliance of individuals and groups involved in promoting the environment, community, and economy of Chichester's coastal plain. "...excessive centrally allocated housing quotas handed down from government threaten our ability and ambition to protect our communities, environment, wildlife and economy from the inevitable impact of climate change on our low lying coastal plain." added 17:46, 24 August 2020 (UTC)

About West Sussex[edit | edit source]

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West Sussex is a ceremonial county in South East England. It is bordered by Surrey to the north, East Sussex to the east, the English Channel to the south, and Hampshire to the west. The largest settlement is Crawley, and the county town is the city of Chichester.

The county has a land area of 1,991 square kilometres (769 sq mi) and a population of 892,336. Along the south coast is a near-continuous urban area which includes the towns of Bognor Regis (63,855), Littlehampton (55,706), and Worthing (111,338); the latter two are part of the Brighton and Hove built-up area, which extends into East Sussex and has a total population of 474,485. The interior of the county is generally rural; the largest towns are Crawley (118,493) and Horsham (50,934), both located in the north-east; Chichester is in the south-west and has a population of 26,795. West Sussex contains seven local government districts, which are part of a two-tier non-metropolitan county also called West Sussex. West Sussex and East Sussex were historically a single county.

The South Downs are a defining feature of the county, crossing it from east to west and dividing the north and south. The downs are a chalk escarpment which falls away sharply into the Weald to the north and more gently toward the south, where there is a narrow strip of flat land between the hills and the coast. The coastal strip widens to the west, where it is punctuated by Chichester Harbour, which together with Langstone and Portsmouth harbours in neighbouring Hampshire is a ria.

The county has a long history of human settlement dating back to the Lower Paleolithic era. The Romans conquered West Sussex's indigenous Britons, and incorporated the area as a Roman province. During the Early Middle Ages, the Saxons settled the area, establishing the Kingdom of Sussex in 477, which lasted until c. 827 when the kingdom was annexed by Wessex. It has a number of stately homes including Goodwood, Petworth House and Uppark, and castles such as Arundel Castle and Bramber Castle.

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Created March 3, 2014 by Phil Green
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