Cuckmere Haven
Exceat, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4AR, England, UK.
Cuckmere Haven © Mal B cc

Oystercatcher

Haematopus ostralegus

Family: Haematopodidae

Habitat: Coastal, lakes and reservoirs, meadows, rivers and streams, wetlands and freshwaters and estuaries.

Size: Length 40-45 cm (16-18 in). Wingspan 80-85 cm (31-33 in).

Food: Mussels, cockles and worms.

Voice: High pitched kleep.

Season: All year round.

A wading bird that eats muscles and cockles on the coast and mainly worms inland.

Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) © Bjørn Christian Tørrissen cc

Meadow Pipit

Anthus pratensis

Family: Motacillidae (Pipits and wagtails)

Habitat: Farmland, gardens and parks, grasslands, uplands and coastal grazing marsh.

Size: Length 14.5-15 cm (5.7-5.9 in).

Food: Insects: flies, beetles and moths. Spiders. Seeds and berries.

Voice: Call: tseep. Song: descending trill.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Called a pipit after its call note. In the UK sometimes called the mippit.

Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) ♂ © Ron Knight cc

Common Gull

Larus canus

Family: Laridae (Gulls)

Habitat: Farmland, lakes and reservoirs, marsh, beaches and shorelines, mudflats and sandflats, rock pools, sand dunes, sea stacks, estuaries and sea cliffs.

Size: Length 40-46 cm (16-18 in)

Food: Worms, insects, fish and carrion.

Voice: High-pitched laughing cry.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Common Gull (Larus canus) © Jerry Kirkhart cc

Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus

Family: Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and allies)

Habitat: Arctic tundra, coastal, farmland, marsh, beaches and shorelines and mudflats and sandflats.

Size: Length 37-47 cm (15-19 in). Wingspan 75-90 cm (30-35 in).

Food: Insects, snails, slugs, crabs, shrimps, molluscs, and worms.

Voice: Rippling whistle/trill.

Season: Mid April to late August.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern


Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) © Jason Crotty cc

Wheatear

Oenanthe oenanthe

Family: Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers)

Habitat: Grasslands, heathlands and beaches and shorelines.

Food: Insects and larvae.

Voice: Call: chack. Song: crackly whistle.

Season: Early March to late October.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) ♀ © Martin Cooper cc

Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

Family: Ardeidae (Herons)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds, rivers and streams, wetlands and freshwaters and estuaries.

Size: Height 1 m (3 ft 3 in).

Food: Fish, small birds, small mammals and amphibians.

Voice: Far carrying kaark.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Typically wades in shallow waters looking for fish and amphibians.

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) © JJ Harrison cc

Willow Warbler

Phylloscopus trochilus

Family: Phylloscopidae (Leaf and wing warblers)

Habitat: Woodland, scrub and upland birchwoods.

Size: Length 11-12.5 cm (4.3-4.9 in).

Food: Small insects, spiders, fruit and berries.

Voice: Repetitive descending whistle. Hoo-eet call.

Season: Early April to late September. April till September.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Migrating up to 12,000 km, one of the longest migrations of any for a bird of its size.

Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) © Ron Knight cc

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

Family: Ardeidae (Herons)

Habitat: Coastal areas and estuaries.

Food: Fish, insects, amphibians, crustaceans, and reptiles.

Voice: Honks and shrieks.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

They stalk their prey in shallow water, often running with raised wings or shuffling their feet to disturb small fish. They may also stand still and wait to ambush prey.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) © GDW45 cc

Redshank

Tringa totanus

Family: Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and allies)

Habitat: Saltmarshes, flood meadows, near lakes, estuaries and coastal lagoons.

Food: Insects, earthworms, molluscs and crustaceans.

Voice: Too-too-too and chu-chu-chu.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Typically wades in large flocks.

Redshank (Tringa totanus) © pjt56 cc

Wryneck

Jynx torquilla

Family: Picidae (Woodpeckers and allies)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, heathlands, orchards, hedgerows, coniferous woods and deciduous woods.

Size: Length 16.5 cm (6.5 in)

Food: Ants.

Voice: Shrill quee-quee-quee-quee.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern


Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) © Ron Knight cc

Greenshank

Tringa nebularia

Family: Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and allies)

Habitat: Saltmarshes, flood meadows, near lakes, estuaries and coastal lagoons. Also boggy moorland and peatland pools.

Voice: Repetitive high-pitched tu-tu-tu.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Its greenish legs and slightly upturned bill help distinguish it from similar waders.

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) © JJ Harrison cc

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos major

Family: Picidae (Woodpeckers and allies)

Habitat: Gardens and parks and woodland.

Food: Insects, nuts and seeds.

Voice: Call sharp kik, kik. Drumming.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Jerky actions. Hops up trees rather than climbs. Easy and undulated flight.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) ♂ © photo by Hans

Dunlin

Calidris alpina

Family: Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and allies)

Habitat: Estuaries and shoreline.

Size: Length 17-21 cm (6.7-8.3 in). Wingspan 32-36 cm (13-14 in).

Food: Insects, snails and worms.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Highly gregarious in winter, forming large flocks on coastal mudflats or sandy beaches.

Dunlin (Calidris alpina) © Kev Chapman cc

Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea

Family: Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and allies)

Habitat: Arctic tundra, lakes and reservoirs, beaches and shorelines, coastal grazing marsh and saline lagoon.

Size: Length 19.5-21 cm (7.7-8.3 in) in.

Food: Snails, worms and flies.

Season: Early August to late March.

IUCN Conservation Status: Near Threatened


Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) © Graham Winterflood cc

Grey Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Family: Charadriidae (Plovers and lapwings)

Habitat: Arctic tundra, beaches and shorelines, mudflats and sandflats and estuaries.

Size: Length 27-30 cm (11-12 in). Wingspan 71-83 cm.

Food: Small molluscs, polychaete worms, crustaceans, and insects.

Season: Early July to late May.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern


Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) © Smudge 9000 cc

Black-tailed Godwit

Limosa limosa

Family: Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and allies)

Habitat: Marsh, meadows and estuaries.

Size: Length 42 cm (17 in). Wingspan of 70-82 cm (28-32 in). Bill length (7.5-12 cm (3.0-4.7 in).

Food: Insects, worms, snails and plants.

Season: Early August to late December.

IUCN Conservation Status: Near Threatened


Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) © Keith Gallie cc

Wigeon

Anas penelope

Family: Anatidae (Swans, ducks and geese)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, marsh, wetlands and freshwaters and estuaries.

Food: Aquatic plants, grasses, roots.

Voice: ♂ pjiew pjiew. ♀ growling rawr.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A dabbling duck that nests on the ground, near water and under cover.

Wigeon (Anas penelope) ♂ © PD

Great Northern Diver

Gavia immer

Family: Gaviidae (Divers)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, beaches and shorelines and estuaries.

Size: Length 70-90 cm. Wingspan 1.2-1.5 m.

Food: Fish and crustaceans.

Season: Early August to late April.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern


Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer) © Ano Lobb cc

Kestrel

Falco tinnunculus

Family: Falconidae (Falcons and allies)

Habitat: Farmland, woodland, grassland and heathland.

Size: Length 32-39 cm (13-15 in). Wingspan 65-82 cm (26-32 in).

Food: Small mammals and birds.

Voice: Piercing Kee-kee-kee.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Kestrels hover at a height of about 10-20 metres either by flying into the wind or by soaring using ridge lift before swooping down on their prey.

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) © Andreas Trepte cc

Kittiwake

Rissa tridactyla

Family: Laridae (Gulls)

Habitat: Sea cliffs.

Size: Length 37-41 cm (15-16 in). Wingspan 91-105 cm (36-41 in).

Food: Fish, shrimps and worms.

Voice: Kittii-wa-aake, kittii-wa-aake.

Season: All year round. Resident February until August.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The kittiwake (Black-legged) nests on coastal cliffs in large, dense and noisy colonies.

Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) © Mmo iwdg cc
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About

Cuckmere Haven is a rough shingle and sand beach where the river Cuckmere flows into the sea below the famous seven sisters. It is abundant with wildlife as it isadjacent to Seaford Head Nature Reserve and the Cuckmere Valley.

Access to Cuckmere Haven is free.



Places to visit nearby
Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve   0.76 miles (1.23 km)
Chyngton Lane, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4JQ, England, UK.
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Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve, designated in 1969, now extends over 350 acres and includes several habitats.

Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve © Tom Lee cc

Butchershole Bottom   1.19 miles (1.92 km)
Jevington to Friston Road, Friston, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 0AT, England.
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Butchershole Bottom is a large open downland area surrounded by woodland managed by Forest Enterprise.

Butchershole Bottom © Gail Hampshire cc

High and Over   2.40 miles (3.86 km)
Alfriston Road, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 3AB, England.
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High and Over and the nearby Cradle Hill are managed by the National ...

High and Over © Gilles San Martin cc

Birling Gap   2.49 miles (4.01 km)
East Dean, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 0AB, England, UK.
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Birling Gap lies between the third and fourth sister of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs along the coastline section of the South Downs Way.

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East Dean Village   2.58 miles (4.15 km)
East Dean Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 0DA, England, UK.
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East Dean Village lies a short walk from Birling Gap, Beachy Head, Cuckmere Haven and the Sussex coast. Many of the buildings in the village are of historical interest.

East Dean Village © Dave_S cc

Cuckmere Valley   2.87 miles (4.62 km)
Farrer Hall, East Dean, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 0BT, England, UK.
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Cuckmere Valley is a haven for wildlife that thrive in habitats based on a chalk bedrock, including some nationally rare species such as the Chalkhill Blue butterfly.

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Lullington Heath   3.10 miles (4.99 km)
Jevington Road, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5QE, England.
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Lullington Heath is a 62 hectare national nature reserve established in 1955 to conserve one of the largest areas of chalk heath ...

Lullington Heath © Harald Süpfle cc

Places to stay nearby
Deans Place   3.19 miles (5.13 km)
Deans Place, Seaford Rd, Alfriston, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5TW, England, UK.
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Deans Place

The Star Inn   3.38 miles (5.43 km)
The Star Inn, High Street, Alfriston, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5TA, England, UK.
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The Star Inn is a recently refurbished historic Hotel in the heart of Alfriston - a stunning historic venue for weddings and events.

The Star Inn

Premier Inn Newhaven   4.74 miles (7.62 km)
10 Avis Rd, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 0PN, England, UK.
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The Premier Inn Newhaven is part of the Premier Inn group.

Premier Inn Newhaven

The Lamb Inn   5.27 miles (8.48 km)
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The Lamb Inn is a beautiful 14th century public house.

The Lamb Inn

Ocklynge Manor   5.38 miles (8.67 km)
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Ocklynge Manor sits within a 3/4 acre ancient walled garden and was once the home of Peter Pan artist Mabel Lucie Attwell.

Ocklynge Manor

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