Lullington Heath

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Lullington Heath
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Foredown Hill, Lullington Heath, near Jevington, East Sussex - geograph.org.uk - 847098.jpg
Area of SearchEast Sussex
Grid referenceTQ 543 017[1]
InterestBiological
Area72.7 hectares (180 acres)[1]
Notification1986[1]
Location mapMagic Map

Lullington Heath is a 72.7-hectare (180-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest west of Eastbourne in East Sussex.[1][2] It is a National Nature Reserve[3] and a Nature Conservation Review site, Grade I.[4]

This site has two nationally uncommon habitats, chalk heath and chalk grassland. Chalk heath formerly covered most of the site but scrub took over much of it after myxomatosis almost wiped out the rabbit population in the 1950s. The grassland is rich in flowering plants and the scrub and rough grassland provide valuable habitats for invertebrates and birds.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Lullington Heath". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Map of Lullington Heath". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Designated Sites View: Lullington Heath". National Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  4. ^ Ratcliffe, Derek, ed. (1977). A Nature Conservation Review. 2. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 117. ISBN 0521 21403 3.
  5. ^ "Lullington Heath citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 16 January 2019.

Coordinates: 50°47′38″N 0°10′48″E / 50.794°N 0.18°E / 50.794; 0.18