In at number three are the Seven Sisters. Seven Chalk Cliffs that run
east from Seaford towards Eastbourne.
This is a disappearing wonder, every single year the Seven Sisters is
being nibbled away by 30 or 40 centimetres, and it is all down
As the cliffs erode they leave behind a base of chalk.
The bottom of the cliffs but are exposed to the sea as the tide comes
in and out, scouring channels and gulleys within the chalk.
Chalk like this on the beach is very rare and Sussex is one of the best
places in the country for it.
The whole stretch here between Seaford and Eastbourne is particularly
good for wildlife.
Barnacles and limpets, crabs and other crustacea, all can be found in
the small rock pools below the Seven Sisters.
When you look at the south coast between Brighton, and Folkestone and
Dover, you are struck by the fact that this stretch of coastline is an
oasis of good sense.
There are few houses, no ribbon development, just nature as it was intended.
But all this has not been achieved without some pretty tough battles.
For nearly 50 years, there were those like Carew Davies Gilbert, who
with the Duke of Devonshire, wanted to build a mini Folkestone here at
beautiful Birling Gap.