Bexhill-on-Sea is located in East Sussex, a county in England, UK.
This site is its natural showcase - with all photography and text provided by David E P Dennis, a local wildlife photographer.
It seems like a small seaside town - but its true nature is hidden. Visit us, to see these sights - the birds, insects, plants and trees, the seashore and huge expanses of sand.
The sunrises and sunsets are remarkable - because the nearby chalk headland called Beachy Head casts up waves of cloud for the sun to strike.
Our Combe Valley Country Park is a seasonal wetland, which floods gently in autumn and massively in winter. Sometimes over 70% of the valley is under water and yet the wildlife survives - with millions of insects - including damselflies and many beautiful dragonflies. Black and white swans, geese and gulls mix with many waterbirds and wildfowl, while above them the hawks fly: sparrowhawks, kestrels, hobbys and buzzards. In the trees you can see owls, yellowhammers, long-tailed tits, bullfinches and many other birds, including a nesting cormorant colony of around forty birds.
In the huge Filsham Reed Beds you can find sedge and reed warblers, maybe a bittern or two and plenty of herons and egrets. At a nearby lake you will find cormorants perched in trees and throughout the valley, you will find many butterflies, grasshoppers and crickets. If you are very lucky you will see the rare ruby-tailed jewel wasp - and even a transiting osprey!
Combe Valley includes the seashore, where you can find the wreck of the Amsterdam, dinosaur footprints from a lumbering iguanodon, flocks of Turnstones skimming the waves and a petrified forest - the legacy of massive flooding when the North Sea broke through the chalk ridge to France, many thousands of years ago.
So Bexhill-on-Sea is not just any place - it is a location full of intense natural interest all year round. On these pages we will show you a small sample of what can be found on country and seaside walks - but also the truth about the battle between nature and commerce, between walkers and farmers, between shooting rights and scientifically sensitive areas. Nature here is not at peace.
(Site began recording on 19 Oct 2014).