City Downland Estate Project

A pilot project to provide advice and support to tenant farmers from Brighton & Hove City Council’s Downland Estate, to help reduce nitrate inputs to the Brighton Chalk block aquifer.


Coastal Waters The coastline and the sea have always been at the heart of the attraction of Sussex. The quality of coastal and estuarine waters is fundamental to the economic and social value of fisheries and tourism, as well as marine habitats and wildlife. However, the same geographic area needs to accommodate the development needs … Continued

Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere

Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere are formally notified that the area is now a UNESCO World Biosphere site!

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Understanding and improving all aspects of water within the Adur and Ouse catchment Our catchment area is a beautiful part of south east England, showcasing rolling chalk downland, white cliff faces and the rivers Adur and Ouse, which flow from forest streams in the High Weald to their highly urbanised estuaries on the Sussex coast at Shoreham and … Continued

Main map

To view the Brighton Chalk Block, River Adur, River Ouse, Sussex Coast catchments, roll over the map below {{ MainMap }}

Waterbody Summary Sheets

The Environment Agency (EA) has produced ‘waterbody summary sheets’ for all tributaries and stretches of the rivers Adur and Ouse. These summarise the evidence and data EA holds on each stretch, documenting the reasons why that part of the river fails to meet Water Framework Directive objectives. You can view the waterbody summary sheet(s) of … Continued


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