Wildlife in West Sussex
Knepp SafarisKnepp Wildland is a unique re-wilding project covering 3,500 acres in West Sussex. Here nature has been allowed to flourish and wildlife has returned in astonishing abundance.
The African-style guided safaris in open-sided all-terrain vehicles offer a wonderful opportunity to encounter some of the UK's rarest species - like nightingales, turtle doves, purple emperor butterflies, lesser spotted woodpeckers, cuckoos, Bechstein’s and barbastelle bats, red kites, ravens and peregrines. You'll also see herds of longhorn cattle, Tamworth pigs, Exmoor ponies, roe, red and fallow deer roaming free through this wild and stunningly beautiful landscape.
As well as regular half-day safaris Knepp Safaris offer dawn, dusk, ancient tree and deer rut safaris - all with organic tea, coffee and homemade cake, or a luxury picnic, served on one of their signature tree viewing-platforms.
For those who would like to immerse themselves in nature for a little longer they have cosy shepherd's huts, bell tents, a tipi and a hand-crafted yurt at their campsite in the heart of the Wildland - or you can pitch your own tent in the lovely wildflower meadow. Using recycled and upcycled materials the Wildland campsite is ingeniously designed and well-equipped while remaining true to their sustainable ethos.
Adur Valley WildlifeThe website of the British Marine Life Study Society (which is based in Shoreham) has some interesting information about the wildlife of the Adur Valley including wildlife reports, general articles about wildlife in and around the river, including at the beach at Shoreham.
Changing Sussex WildlifeAttractive occasional blog from the Sussex Biodiversity Centre.
Stoneywish Nature ReserveStoneywish is a privately owned 50-acre Nature Reserve on the outskirts of the village of Ditchling.
The attraction also includes a Ditchling mini museum which highlights the work of wartime Punch cartoonist Rowland Emett; plus there's a herb garden, free-range animal smallholding and others.
Sussex Wildlife TrustThe Sussex Wildlife Trust is a well-supported conservation group whose slogan is "Taking Care of Sussex".
The Trust does this by managing 3,500 acres of wild Sussex, carrying out volunteer conservation work and serving as a source of expertise on all matters relating to habitat, wildlife and conservation issues.
The trust's lands include over 30 nature reserves all over the county and the website contains full details of these habitats, why they are important and how to enjoy them.
West Sussex Badger Protection GroupStudying, rescuing and talking about badgers.
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