The Natural Environment of Hastings
Hastings and St Leonards have a fantastic variety of wildlife and green spaces for a small urban town on the south coast of England. Situated where we are on the south east coast shapes and influences the variety of habitats and wildlife that thrive around the borough and can be seen during migration events.
It is estimated around one third of the Hastings Borough is green space, parks and nature reserves, much of it owned and managed by the council.
Habitats range from ancient woodlands in the middle of densely packed housing areas to alluvial flood plains and, unique to the south east coast, the spectacular sandstone cliffs of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve.
The local authority is very proud of the variety and quality of its green spaces as places where wildlife can thrive and places where the local community can enjoy wildlife and enjoy quiet contemplation.
Local authorities play an important role in safeguarding biodiversity and managing sites to help wildlife thrive. Biodiversity is valued for its own sake but the council recognises that having access to nature enhances the quality of life of its residents and provides a great place to live and work.
The coastal location of Hastings means it is also an ideal place to observe insect and bird migration events. Many local naturalists collect information about wildlife in Hastings and St Leonards. Why not post your biological records or photographs of wildlife in Hastings and St Leonards on the local RX Wildlife