Beacon Hill LNR

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This downland site is situated adjacent to Rottingdean and Ovingdean. It covers approximately 45 acres and is mostly unimproved chalk grassland and not ploughed nor subject to any agriculture during modern history. Rottingdean Windmill is a well-known local landmark.

For many centuries this hill had been grazed by flocks of sheep in the same manner as elsewhere on the South Downs, in recent years for three months during the winter period.

Right, Rottingdean windmill and winter sheep Beacon Hill LNR habitat photo Peter Whitcomb February 2012

The flora rich chalk grassland was created a Local Nature Reserve in 2004. Amongst the many wildlife attributes of the reserve are Skylarks, many species of butterfly and really good numbers of Cowslips and Round-headed Rampion.

left, Round-headed Rampion Phyteuma orbiculare, Peter Whitcomb, July 2012

A working group has been formed and members of this group are mainly responsible for this series of Nature Notes. Photographs are included when applicable. The Beacon Hill LNR Nature Notes and other information can be found on Rottingdean Parish Council’s website.

See here for the 2021/22 Beacon Hill LNR annual nature report

right, Skylark Alauda arvensis , Bob Webzell, April 2013