This used to be the premier site for sea-watching in Hastings. Wader, wildfowl & seabird migration could be witnessed throughout the year in relative comfort due to the shelter of the pier structure. Close up views of many of the birds could be had as flocks regularly passed right by the end of the pier. Excellent views of grey and common seals, harbour porpoise and bottlenose dolphins were also possible and purple sandpiper, common sandpiper, turnstone could be seen roosting on the pier structure.
The end of the pier is now closed so use of the site for sea-watching is no longer possible.
The pier is now the best place in Hastings for watching roosting starlings and flocks of over 2000 can be seen at dusk during winter or during migration periods.