Grazing marsh with a large open water area important for birds.
Almost opposite our Amberley Wildbrooks nature reserve, just across the river, lies the grazing marsh of Waltham Brooks. In winters of very heavy rainfall almost the entire reserve becomes a giant lake. Fortunately the river banks of the Arun floodplain have been built up for flood defence creating a good elevated walk-way to view the reserve from. Wildfowl such as Teal, Shoveler, Wigeon and Pintail take advantage of the sanctuary and the feeding opportunities the flood waters offer. In summer the lake can almost dry out leaving muddy margins important for breeding waders such as Lapwing and Redshank and the occasional passage migrant such as Green and Wood Sandpiper.
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15 June 2022
Now summer is here it is a good time to brush up on your knowledge of ticks, where they live and what sensible precautions you can take.
06 January 2020
Ducks can be split into two broad groups: dabblers and divers. As the name suggests, diving ducks feed mainly by diving underwater, using their strong feet (and sometimes their wings) to swim. Dabbling ducks, however, feed predominantly at the surface, sometimes even grazing on land. Many dabblers can often be seen upending, with their heads underwater and their bums in the air.
15 October 2019
Volunteers from UK Power Networks joined Sussex Wildlife Trust staff at Waltham Brooks Nature Reserve to help conserve the special habitat.
26 May 2018
The Trust’s Senior Ecologist blogs about the value of stumbling across quite a lot of good species whilst doing other things.