CUCKMERE

WILDLAND NETWORK REWILDING PROJECTS DATABASE

Project Name

Cuckmere

Country

England

Current land designations

AONB, HC, SSSI, may become part of the South Downs National Park (under consideration)

Specific location

Sussex

Year rewilding started

2001

Grid reference

TV519977

Location

Latitude: 50 45 33 N Longitude: 00 09 09 E

Altitude

 

Project Management

Ownership: National Trust (Western side of valley), East Sussex County Council (Eastern side);

Management: Sussex Downs Conservation Board, National Trust, Environment Agency, English Nature (Form the Cuckmere Estuary Restoration Partnership)

Area under rewilding (hectares)

112ha

Project funding

Some provided by the Flood Risk Management budget (part of the grant aid provided by the

government through the Environment Agency)

Rewilding methods

Managed coastal realignment (realignment of sea defences) and eventual reconnection of river meanders to estuary; Turning grazing marsh into salt marsh and mudflats

Habitats present

Grazing Marsh; Small amount of biodiverse saltmarsh; Mudflats

Target species

Salt Marsh plants and grazing birds

Species reintroductions

None

Access to the area

Open public access

Links to further information

National Trust: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-chl/w-countryside_environment/w-archaeology/w-archaeology-aar03-04/w-archaeology-aar03-04_seast.htm

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