Authorities & Education
The Campaign has the support of academics, educators, local councils and agencies.
The downland running inland from the Coastguard Cottages and down to the beach is:
in The South Downs National Park
in a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (home to 2 extraordinary rare species)
part of The Sussex Heritage Coast
part of The Seaford Head Nature Reserve (managed by The Sussex Wildlife Trust)
part of the Marine Conservation Zone
University of the 3rd Age geology class
“The cliffs give us a glimpse of a geology that goes back almost 100 million years to the Cretaceous Period, when Europe was about 35 degrees North and southern Britain was under 100m of warm sea water.
"The loss of the West Beach and cliffs would be felt locally, nationally, and internationally"
So it is Special - but to whom?
To academics researching and studying geology, history, botany, archaeology, palaeontology.
To educators bringing to the site thousands of students of all ages both national and international.
To tourism when visitors from home and overseas come to Cuckmere Haven year round to be amazed by this magical place.
To the Local Authorities for the benefit to the local economy by visitors spending on accommodation particularly in Seaford and the Cuckmere Valley villages in hotels and B&Bs, but also in Brighton and Eastbourne.
"The University of Sussex is supporting research at Cuckmere Haven to characterise the shoreline and estuary processes that will govern the future evolution of this celebrated landscape, enjoyed by so many including local residents and seasonal visitors.
Specific attention is being given to the historical, current and future changes to the shore platform, beach and cliffs, and the potential impacts of sea level rise and climate change over the next 100 years.
The magnitude and frequency of storms and their impacts on the shoreline, existing coastal defences and adjacent cliffs and estuary, seriously threaten the sustainability of the former coastguard cottages and cable hut.
It is hoped that this new research will provide a strong scientific base to reconcile the interests of local stakeholders whilst allowing the shoreline to evolve 'naturally'."
Roger Moore - Professor of Applied Geomorphology
Chichester I, Room CI141
Department of Geography School of Global Studies
University of Sussex
"The Council appreciates the importance of these historic cottages, the Cable Hut and other landmarks that form part of the area"
100 Great Geosites
The Geological Society of London has selected this view as one of the 100 great Geosites.
The UK and Ireland feature some of the most diverse and beautiful geology in the world, spanning most of geological time, from the oldest Pre-Cambrian rocks to the youngest Quaternary sediments. As part of Earth Science Week 2014, The Geological Society and partner organisations celebrated this unique geo-heritage by launching a list of 100 Great Geosites across the UK and Ireland.
We’ve split the sites into ten categories, although many sites fit into more than one! The winner of the public vote in each category has pride of place as the ‘People’s Favourite’.