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Thinterland between Hastings and Pett, including Fairlight, have been incorporated into a large 660-acre country park that provides an important green lung for the bustling seaside town to the west. Spectacular, crumbling sea-cliffs of sandstone and clay bands bordering the English Channel make for a spectacular back drop to the walk, much of it scrub-clad, but also with sheer and rocky outcrops overlooking the sea. Early morning visitors should scan for any overhead visible migration, particularly if the wind is in the east, as birds move down the coast. The glens and the old quarry are favourite migrant traps for warblers, flycatchers and the like. Raptors should also be on the cards as the morning warms up, with Buzzard and Sparrowhawk (right) the most numerous, while Osprey, Hen Harrier and Red Kite are regularly recorded. It is a very under watched area and there is a good chance of finding an autumn rarity if visited regularly.