Hasting Country Park Nature Reserve is the largest and most diverse area of natural green space in Hastings. Owned and managed by Hastings Council, the coastal cliffs and wooded glens provide visitors with some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the south east. The Nature Reserve includes a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and sustainably managed farmland.
We are working with a range of partners to deliver the management of our site.
We have a map based leaflet, map boards and way markers, an extensive network of footpaths and on site interpretation to help visitors enjoy their experience at the Reserve. Some footpaths have been upgraded to allow easy access and others have benefitted from ongoing improvement. Habitats range from ancient woodland to lowland heath, grazed meadows and coastal cliffs.
A new 10 year strategic management plan is being drafted. The Plan and our Higher Level Stewardship Agreement guide all our work at the Reserve. . We are focused on a high quality visitor experience with sustainable management of habitats. We have introduced Exmoor ponies and rare breed Belted Galloway cattle to roam large areas of the reserve, helping manage hitherto inaccessible areas. The Reserve continues to be a place wildlife can flourish and people can enjoy.
The Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve help raise the profile of the Reserve and work with Councillors to set our strategic management direction.