Combe Haven

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Combe Haven
Site of Special Scientific Interest
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Combe Haven is located in East Sussex
Combe Haven
Location within East Sussex
Area of Search East Sussex
Grid reference TQ770102
Coordinates 50°51′50″N 0°30′58″E / 50.864°N 0.516°E / 50.864; 0.516Coordinates: 50°51′50″N 0°30′58″E / 50.864°N 0.516°E / 50.864; 0.516
Interest Biological
Area 156.1 ha (386 acres)
Notification 1985 (1985)
Natural England website

Combe Haven is a 156.1 hectare (385.7 acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest, located in East Sussex, England, around 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) west of Hastings. The site was notified in 1985 under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

The site consists of mainly alluvial meadows and Filsham Reed Bed, the largest reed bed in the county, creating a very important site for a variety of fauna.

A new road from Bexhill to Hastings opened in April 2016 which skirts the northern edge of Combe Haven.[1] There were protests against the road's impact on Combe Haven.[2][3]

River Asten[edit]

Modern maps mark the small river which flows through the site as Combe Haven. This is the river which rises near Senlac Hill, the site of the Battle of Hastings and enters the sea in Bulverhythe at grid reference TQ 784 086. However other sources call this the River Asten.[4][5]


  1. ^ "About the Bexhill to Hastings link road". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Protestors up in court for link road action in Spring". Bexhill-on-Sea Observer. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Combe Haven Defenders: About Us". Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Sussex History Forum on the Asten
  5. ^ 1066 online mentions the Asten (item on the Fountain Inn)