Waltham Brooks

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.

Great grey shrike at Waltham Brooks

News from Waltham Brooks

    • The value of casual recording

      The value of casual recording

      The Trust’s Senior Ecologist blogs about the value of stumbling across quite a lot of good species whilst doing other things.

    • Be tick aware

      Be tick aware

      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.

    • A bunch of suckers

      A bunch of suckers

      Graeme Lyons is been delving into the world of leeches at Waltham Brooks nature reserve.

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