Many issues we need to deal with to restore a healthy Living Landscape to Sussex are at such a large scale that we can only tackle them by working together with communities, government organisations, landowners and others. Sussex Wildlife Trust is working at a landscape and river catchment scale to deliver and support partnership projects wherever we can.
Sussex Wildlife Trust works closely with all the Sussex Catchment Partnerships. We are joint catchment leads with the Rivers Trust on the Cuckmere and Pevensey Partnership, and we play key roles in the Adur & Ouse Partnership, the Arun & Western Streams Partnership, and the Romney and Rother catchment partnerships. The catchment partnerships have been brought together to try to get all our rivers into Good Ecological Status by 2027, tackling issues such as diffuse and direct pollution, water resources and enabling fish migration in line with the European Water Framework Directive.
The Living Coast
Sussex Wildlife Trust is proud to support ‘The Living Coast’ as a member of the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership. The Living Coast is recognised by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Region based on its mission to pioneer a positive future by connecting people and nature in this world-class environment of Downs, Towns and Coast. Everyone is encouraged to play a part to ‘Follow Your Better Nature’.
We work closely with a number of key organisations on a wide range of projects across the County, including the Environment Agency, Natural England, the South Downs National Park Authority, the National Trust, the RSPB, the Rivers Trusts and others.
Modelling the potential to create a Living Landscape
We are trying to ensure that important habitat networks are restored efficiently and effectively across our Sussex landscapes. We have created detailed computer models called Habitat Potential Models (HPM’s) to show the best places to target habitat restoration in the County for a number of priority habitats such as fen and chalk grassland. HPM’s are a guide to help us work more effectively to deliver a connected and healthy landscape at a large scale.