Sussex

Clearing vegetation to display 'geological past'

Sandstone outcrops in the Hastings country park Image copyright Hastings Borough Council
Image caption Work is being carried out ahead of birds nesting on the site

Work to remove vegetation on a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) in East Sussex is to begin.

Natural England have requested scrub and other plants obscuring cliffs and rocks in the Hastings country park and nature reserve be removed.

A footpath has been diverted ahead of the work beginning on Monday. It is expected to reopen in mid-February.

Hasting Borough Council described the outcrops as "some of the finest examples of our geological past".

Councillor Emily Westley said: "We will consistently monitor the works to ensure that wildlife is not affected; working at this time of year will avoid disturbing nesting birds.

"We recognise the works will initially look drastic, however, by exposing the sandstone rock outcrops, Natural England and Hastings Borough Council will be displaying some of the finest examples of our geological past for everyone to see."

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