Amberley Wildbrooks

Grazing marsh and ditches in a floodplain landscape important for rare birds, insects and plants

From the South Downs at Amberley Mount there is a stunning view of the Wildbrooks. The River Arun traces a serpentine path across an extensive flat area of grassland, bounded on the horizon by hills and woods. The grassland itself is dissected by numerous ditches, mostly dug in the 1800s to assist drainage, but now supporting a fantastic array of wetland plants and insects. Here and there rushes add a darker tone to the fields revealing damper conditions; elsewhere dark green patches of willow and alder have formed miniature wet woodlands.

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