Camber Sands is situated to the east of the county. It is a popular sandy beach, with picturesque dunes and interesting wildlife. The village of Camber is very close to the beach.
The dunes are formed from the sand that is blown inland which builds up around plants, debris and fences. The marram grass that you see covering much of the dunes has a deep root system which helps to hold the sand in place. Traditional chestnut fences along the beach help sand to build up more quickly. The combination of plants and fences at Camber prevent the dunes from moving and burying the village.
Wildlife at Camber Sands
There is plenty of wildlife and vegetation to see at Camber Sands. Next time you visit, look or listen out for some of the following:
- brown-tail moth caterpillar which lives on sea buckthorn, the spiky shrub with bluish leaves. It has long hairs all over its body that make it taste unpleasant so nothing tries to eat it except the cuckoo. The hairs may give you a nasty rash if you touch them and could be harmful if breathed in. Also watch out for the caterpillar when walking on warm tarmac. If symptoms persist you may need to seek medical advice.
- the long tuneful song of the skylark. You'll need to crane your neck and have good eyes to spot them singing from high above the dunes
- sea spurge – a pale green, fleshy leafed plant. Look for the clusters of tiny yellow flowers
- the weever fish lives on the sandy sea bed. When the tide goes out, it buries itself in the sand. It has a ridge of sharp spikes across its back. If you tread on one when paddling, the spikes will give you a nasty sting. If you do get stung, you will need to seek first aid.
- the silver Y moth which gets its name from the silver Y mark on its wing
- black nightshade which gets its name from its poisonous black berries. Make sure you don't eat the berries.
- There are more beautiful areas nearby. Visit the Wild Rye website
- Public telephone.
- Toilets with disabled access.
- Dog bins.
- Dog control zones.
- Coastal Control Office for lost children, first aid, information, police/emergency phone.
- First aid is available at the information point in the central car park.
- Children – know where they are and give them a landmark to return to.
- Do not take inflatables onto the sea when the orange flag is up in the central or western car park – this means there is an offshore wind.
- Beware of buried fences and wire.
- The tide can come in and out very quickly – check the BBC tide tables
- Barbecues on the beach are permitted, but you must obtain permission in advance from Rother District Council.
- Dogs are welcome but not in the dog free zones. Always clean up after your dog and do not leave dogs in hot cars.
- Horse riding is only permitted at certain times: Horse riding at Camber Sands – Rother District Council
- Weever fish can lie buried in the sand – wear shoes while paddling.