Seabirds and early migrants from the South Downs
SPLASH POINT IS one of Sussex’s premier sea-watching locations, with the sea level promenade and housing contrasting with the rolling chalk downland and white sea cliffs of the South Downs. The spectacular scenery east from Seaford to Beachy Head falls within the Seven Sisters Country Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Britain’s newest National Park, the South Downs. The walk also passes across a golf course, arable farmland and skirts the Cuckmere Valley. Seawatching from West Groyne breakwater is most productive on an onshore wind during the morning. The early spring up-channel passage of common seabirds, wildfowl and waders can feature gems such as Garganey, Eider, Velvet Scoter and Avocet. Moving into April, the variety increases. A Kittiwake colony along the cliffs is one of the few remaining on the south coast, while Peregrine are recent colonists. Incoming migrants, such as hirundines and Yellow Wagtail, pass overhead as spring progresses. Black Redstart, Wheatear and Ring Ouzel can be grounded around the golf course and in scrub. You could extend the walk to take in the South Downs Way.