Summerfields Wood Local Nature Reserve is a 7.3 hectares area of semi-natural woodland and freshwater ponds near Hastings town centre. Summerfields Wood lies approximately one mile from the town centre, less than a mile from the seafront and only a few minutes walk from Hastings rail station.
Secondary woodland, freshwater wooded stream and ponds.
This woodland is outstanding for grounded migrants during autumn bird migration. It’s location near the coast but surrounded by urban development seems to concentrate grounded migrants and the woodland can be alive with migrants during suitable weather from August to October. Spotted flycatcher, pied flycatcher, firecrest, whinchat, ring ouzel and wood warbler can all be seen during autumn amongst the more numerous migrants. Scarcer species are also possible if watched regularly and red-breasted flycatcher, icterine warbler, yellow–browed warbler, serin and wryneck amongst others have been found here.
An autumn birding visit here should also be coupled with a visit to the nearby White Rock Gardens for overhead visible migration and more chances of grounded migrants amongst the more ornamental vegetation.
Nature Conservation Designations
Summerfields Wood Local Nature Reserve
Site of Nature Conservation Importance.