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Get involved in a new way to help nature and wildlife in Sussex

People are invited to share their experiences and observations of nature and wildlife in Sussex as part of a new, nationwide initiative to address declining habitats and species.


Residents are being asked what aspects of nature and wildlife are important to them and what changes they have noticed locally to help inform the Local Nature Recovery Strategies being developed for Sussex.

Sussex is home to many iconic wildlife species and has some of the rarest natural habitats in the world. However, one in six UK species are at risk of extinction and urgent, locally coordinated efforts are needed to reverse this decline.

Local Nature Recovery Strategies are a new initiative being rolled out across the country to address the problem. Two strategies are being developed by the county councils, one covering East Sussex and Brighton & Hove and another for West Sussex.

The easiest way for residents to get involved is to complete the residents' survey at This asks questions about how and where people connect with nature, the habitats or species they value, any changes they've noticed, and any wider benefits they'd like to see in their local area. The survey takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete and will close on June 30, 2024.

Councillor Emily O'Brien, Cabinet Member for Climate, Nature and Food Systems, said: "While we are our fortunate to live in such a beautiful area, it is a sad fact that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world.

"I encourage people across Lewes district to take part in this survey and help shape a strategy to support the recovery of nature locally."

More information about the strategies and how local people can get involved can be found at, including details of events, webinars, workshops, briefings, and more.

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