Author Barry Yates
RX is the registration lettering for boats based at Hastings, Rye and Dungeness = Rye, susseX
This coast, its river valleys and woodland is also a biodiversity hotspot with large numbers of rare and endangered plants and animals (the rare medicinal leech is a good example) and it has many sites managed for wildlife and people.
So back in 2004, it seemed natural to use RXwildife as the name for a concept, a website, a booklet and a wildlife festival to link up people and wildlife across the Sussex / Kent border.
Here is the website with daily wildlife updates and lots of wildlife information from places, to tides, to weather, to events, to photos… www.RXwildlife.org.uk
Our 8th Annual Wildlife Festival will be held this year on 2nd – 10th June and you can find more details here
There are so many wildlife places to explore, including Combe Haven Valley, Filsham Reedbed, Marline Valley, Hastings Country Park, Brede High Woods, Flatropers Wood, Pett Level, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Camber Dunes & Pits, RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve and Dungeness Bird Observatory. The four sites in bold are managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. On the map below the areas in green are those designated by Natural England as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
A Living Landscape
More recently much of this area has been covered by the Romney Marshes Living Landscape with a vision to realise a living landscape from Hastings to Hythe, which is of distinctive character, supports sustainable farming, is rich in wildlife and history, and is enjoyed as a place to live, work and spend leisure time.