Whitehawk Hill is an ancient habitat designated a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) with areas of species-rich chalk grassland supporting colonies of Adonis and Chalkhill Blue butterflies. From the top there are panoramic views over the city to the downs and the sea, including the Isle of Wight on a clear day. Whitehawk Camp, near the top of Whitehawk Hill between the mast and Brighton Racecourse grandstand, was recognised as being the first Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) in Sussex.
Across the racecourse to the north is Tenantry Down which is part of Whitehawk Hill and also has panoramic views over the city. It is bordered by Tenantry allotments to the west and Brighton Racecourse to the south west.
Whitehawk Hill Consultation
Ancient chalk grassland is internationally important – it is one of Britain’s rarest and richest habitats, with threatened species including Adonis Blue butterfly and orchids. But without conservation management, it will give way to brambles and rough scrub.
The chalk grassland at Whitehawk Hill is suffering from many years of neglect and will soon be lost for ever, unless the right management can be introduced.
Recently the council was offered government funding to conserve the ancient chalk grassland on Whitehawk Hill and to improve the hill as a public space.
Thank you to those of you who gave your views about our plans for conserving Whitehawk Hill. The resulting management plan will be published shortly, in the mean time take a look at the original consultation document and the results below.
The 21 and 37 buses stop nearest the site. Further information and timetables available from the Brighton & Hove Bus company.
There is limited on-street parking available.
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