Flora of Eastbourne Sussex
This was a lovely day out in June led by expert Matthew Berry who identified many interesting species for us – I don’t take credit for any identifications on this page! Eastbourne is on the south coast of England in East Sussex.
Wildflowers near a roundabout
We met at the Sovereign Centre, a leisure centre on the outskirts of Eastbourne, which is near a roundabout well-known locally. It was surprising what interesting species we spotted so near to the pavement around this area. The first plant Matthew showed us was a Blue pimpernel, Lysimachia foemina, which I omitted to photograph – a good start!
Towards Sovereign Park
We headed towards the wild areas of Sovereign Park, which are close to the beach and have broad sections of gravel.
Growing on the beach on Sovereign seafront
Nature thriving at Sovereign Harbour
Sovereign Harbour is a large marina and housing complex with shops and restaurants.
Wildlife havens in Pacific Drive area
This is a built up area near the harbour and the sea with some vacant plots that had become wildlife havens.
Plants growing on Sovereign Harbour beach
Eastbourne beach near Sovereign Harbour with Hoary mustard and Lucerne – Jun 2019
Beach plants towards Eastbourne town
I said goodbye to the group and headed back towards the town centre and bus home, but the seaside communities of flora were still impressive surprisingly close to town.
I should mention that Matthew identified many interesting species not mentioned here. This is because I particularly enjoy photographing wildflowers and was only carrying my smartphone, so I recorded the most easily photogenic species. For a more detailed report, written by Matthew, see the Wildflower Society magazine Winter 2020 edition.
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