Local nature reserves

West Beach Local Nature Reserve

west beach LNR The West Beach Local Nature Reserve (LNR) was declared by Arun District Council in 1995. 

The LNR is part of the Climping Beach Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which has national protection. It includes:-sand flats, the tide line,shingle, sand dunes and the plants, birds, molluscs, reptiles and mammals which either live or feed on them.

Volunteers meet monthly to assist with the management of the site. If you select the following link you can read about the West Beach management plan: West Beach Management Plan.pdf [pdf] 1MB.

The Arun volunteers meet in the West Beach Car Park at 10:30am on the first Wednesday of every month to pick up litter and carry out whatever tasks are needed.  If you are interested in coming along to help then please contact the Community Parks Officers at parks@arun.gov.uk.


Bersted Brooks Local Nature Reserve

bersted brooks LNR Bersted Brooks Local Nature Reserve is a large countryside site, open to the public, on the edge of Bognor Regis. It is owned and managed by Arun District Council, in partnership with the Friends of Bersted Brooks, for wildlife and for quiet recreation.  You can learn more about the reserve in this leaflet:  Bersted Brooks Leaflet.pdf [pdf] 2MB

Bersted Brooks was declared a Local Nature Reserve in June 2010 in recognition of the importance of the site for wildlife. You will find wide areas of meadow, narrow reedbeds and ditches, permanent and temporary ponds, and an extensive newly planted floodplain woodland. The Brooks floods every winter, making it a good place for wetland wildlife.

There is an active Friends group involved in managing this special site for wildlife. They meet in the evening several times a year to decide what to do and they hold volunteer events out in the fields. If you would like to join the Friends of the Bersted Brooks or find out about the practical volunteer tasks, please contact our team at  parks@arun.gov.uk  or you can call 01903 737951.