Community River Watch – Eastbourne & Pevensey Levels

Pevensey Levels (Image: Visit 1066 Country)

The project in Eastbourne and Pevensey Levels will be in collaboration with Blue Heart. Strandliners will be working with community groups to undertake simple surveys in their local area. This will include water quality monitoring as well as wildlife surveys (for example dragonflies, butterflies), bird surveys, river health (for example The Big River Watch). All training in water analysis provided. The data we collect will populate Blue Heart’s interactive map and will be compared to data from their automatic water monitoring stations and from other organisations such as the Environment Agency.

This will be a short project from August to November, but our aim is to continue into next year with more extensive training to enable groups to continue monitoring the same areas on a regular basis, promoting an awareness of seasonal changes and knowing what is ‘normal’ so an alert can be raised if there is an unexpected change. Please email Strandliners if you are interested in taking part.

Lapwing, commonly known as a Peewit due to its call – now on the UK red list

About Pevensey Levels

Pevensey Levels is a 3,600-hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest between Bexhill-on-Sea and Hailsham. It is a Nature Conservation Review site, Grade I, a Ramsar site, and a Special Area of Conservation.

Part of the area is a National Nature Reserve and there is a Pevensey Marshes nature reserve managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

This is a large area of wetland grazing meadows intersected by a network of ditches. It has many nationally rare invertebrates. It may be the best site in Britain for freshwater mollusc fauna, including the endangered shining ram’s-horn snail. It also has one nationally rare and several nationally scarce aquatic plants, and it is of national importance for lapwing.