MAVES aims to understand, conserve and enhance the Mid Arun Valley environment south and west of Arundel.
This rare landscape unites a wealth of varied features: downland dip slope and coastal plain, river and streams, ancient woodland, arable and pasture, grazing marsh and watermeadows. This fascinating variety of landscape character can be clearly seen in the map above.
Sectors 1, 3, 4 and 5 contain ancient woodland, ancient hedgerows and Binsted's medieval village landscape.
Sectors 2 and 6 hold the valleys, fields, hedges and fenland grazing marshes of the Binsted and Tortington Rifes.
Sectors 7 and 8 contain more open farmland with long views, the River Arun and its ancient watermeadows.
Although our area is sometimes referred to as part of the 'Lower Arun Valley', we call it the "Mid Arun Valley". We do this to emphasise the important position of the MAVES project area in between the coastal estuary plain south of the railway, and, north of the A27, the upstream Arun-Rother area with its many wildlife designated sites (SSSI, SPA, SAC, RAMSAR).
This wider context means that as well as being itself rich in habitats, the MAVES area is also importantly positioned for migrating waterfowl and other migrating wildlife. This can be clearly seen in the map of the Arun-Rother Catchment below, on which the MAVES project area is marked in purple:
Volunteers: Mark Hunt
Sussex Wildlife Trust partner: Tony Whitbread Arundel Agenda 21 partner: Kay Wagland