Lewes Brooks

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Lewes Brooks
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Lewes Brooks and the Ouse Valley from Juggs Lane - geograph.org.uk - 1141706.jpg
Lewes Brooks is located in East Sussex
Lewes Brooks
Location within East Sussex
Area of Search East Sussex
Grid reference TQ410085 to TQ430075
Coordinates 50°51′14″N 0°01′05″E / 50.854°N 0.018°E / 50.854; 0.018Coordinates: 50°51′14″N 0°01′05″E / 50.854°N 0.018°E / 50.854; 0.018
Interest Biological
Area 333.0 ha (823 acres)
Notification 1988 (1988)
Natural England website
Lewes Brooks - geograph.org.uk - 136065.jpg

Lewes Brooks is a 330.07 hectare (822.8 acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in East Sussex, England.[1] The site was notified in 1988 under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.[2] The site is situated to the south of Lewes and west of the River Ouse[3] on a flood plain, and contains many invertebrates, including beetles, snails, and flies. It is the only known UK site for the Lewes water beetle.[4] It is bounded to the south by Rodmell and Southease and to the west by Iford. A lot of mute swans and woodpigeons come here to graze and many songbirds sing in the surrounding hedges. The RSPB also reports that lapwings and snipe have bred here.

Lewes Brooks is where the Falmer-Glynde and the Ouse valleys meet.[3] The Upper and Lower Rises are the remains of the chalk uplands eroded by the Ouse.[3]

There is an RSPB reserve covering much of the area.[4]


"SSSI Citation — Lewes Brooks" (PDF). Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 

  1. ^ Natural England - SSSI units for Lewes Brooks - Natural England page listing specific areas of interest in Lewes Brooks area
  2. ^ COUNTY: EAST SUSSEX SITE NAME: LEWES BROOKS DISTRICT: LEWES Archived 2008-10-30 at the Wayback Machine., English Nature report listing species of plants and insects
  3. ^ a b c Sussex Downs Landscape Assessment, Brooks Pastures, Sussex Downs Conservation Board
  4. ^ a b Lewes Brooks, Royal Socieity for the Protection of Birds