Restoring Sussex Bay, Together

by Sussex Bay in Worthing, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Total raised £253,565

£1,000,000 target 98 days left
25% 48 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 31st October 2024 at 12:00pm

Raising £1 million to accelerate local seascape recovery along 100 miles of Sussex coastline.

by Sussex Bay in Worthing, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Introducing Sussex Bay

The beautiful Sussex seascape and its coastal waterways shapes the land and the way we live. It’s a source of wellness and joy, recreation and enterprise for millions of people - and it makes this region special.

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But at this point, a thriving future for the “blue ecosystem” on our doorstep is not guaranteed: it faces unprecedented challenges, due to generations of environmental damage and climate change. We need a bold regional response. We need an investment of capital and resources into nature’s recovery, at a scale not yet seen.

Sussex Bay is a movement initiated by Adur & Worthing Councils and powered by civic organisations, local businesses and people. We have a vision for 2050 where our seascape and rivers flourish, so that nature, people and local economy can thrive. 

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We’re on a mission to generate a £50 million fund to accelerate local seascape recovery along 100 miles of Sussex coastline. Our objectives are to amplify the inspiring nature recovery work already going on in this region and make the great new strides in research and funding required to build solutions at scale.

We have teamed up with 'Crowdfunder UK' and ‘Blue Earth Futures’ to put this cause on the map. We want to connect people to the great work already underway on the ground and in the water - and raise £1 million from funders big and small, local business, community groups and the public. 

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Please contribute to the “Restoring Sussex Bay, Together” Fundraiser, to help make this cause irresistible for government, sponsors and scientists alike. 

It’s going to take bold collaboration across the region to bring this vision to life… and it all starts here.

Our Funders

Thank you to our funders, Esmée Fairbairn and Rewilding Britain, for making the launch of Sussex Bay possible and contributing the first £250,000 to the cause.   1717683078_screenshot_2024-06-06_at_15.11.07.png

Nature Recovery in Sussex Bay 

Hidden below the water, vital habitats and the vast array of life they support, are out of sight, out of mind. Exposed to diverse and increasing pressures, these precious ecosystems - our blue natural capital – have been catastrophically damaged or lost. Now more than ever we must bring nature back to our seabed, reefs and rivers.

Restoring these ecosystems and their blue natural capital helps protect our coasts from storms, clean our waters, store carbon and support biodiversity. And as nature recovers, people and the coastal economy will benefit too; from sustainable fisheries to enhanced health and wellbeing, and new commercial opportunities in ecotourism and leisure.

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The good news is a dynamic nature recovery sector is hard at work here. Since 2020 we have identified and developed relationships with 49 active projects in this region.

Where the money is going

Our two big objectives are to amplify the inspiring seascape recovery work already going on in this region and to make the great new strides in research and funding required to build solutions at scale. So, the money raised will fund Projects, Research and Innovation in seascape recovery.

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Projects: We are creating the ‘Sussex Bay Fund,' to disseminate funding via grants to applicable projects in the region. To give you a flavour of these projects, here are some examples of the amazing local organisations that have approached Sussex Bay to talk about funding.

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Research and Innovation: We are building the UK’s first 'Blue Natural Capital Lab', a recognised essential solution for nature’s recovery. 

The objectives of the BNC Lab are to foster innovation in scientific research and monitoring methods, to convene regulators so that licensing new nature recovery projects is simplified, and ultimately to develop new funding models for private investment in nature’s recovery, by demonstrating the ecosystem benefits of the projects.

The BNC Lab will be a place for collaboration, innovation, and testing. We will bring key agencies, local partners and communities together, along with national policy teams, to explore better seascape planning, funding and project development.

More information

For further information about Sussex Bay, please refer to our website, read the ‘frequently asked questions’, or email us via our contact form. You can also follow Sussex Bay on LinkedIn for news.


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£30 or more

Sussex Bay T-Shirt

Become the proud owner of one of our exclusive Sussex Bay T-Shirts, made in the Sussex Bay region. Designed by Kirsteen Faulkner at Studio KICO, a collective of amazing designers, strategists, copywriters, photographers and developers. Printed by Red-Inc, a local a sustainable office supplies company and experts in environmentally friendly and recycled products.

£50 or more

Sunset Wildlife Cruise

Head out on a 50-person boat trip with the Sussex Dolphin Project along Brighton’s coastline. Our guide will narrate your journey and share insights into the dolphins and SDP’s work to protect the marine environment. Duration: 1 hour. Start point: Brighton Marina. Book multiple tickets, for an adventure with family, friends or colleagues.

£65 or more

Beachy Head Boat Tour

Take a trip on a 12-person RIB with the Sussex Dolphin Project, along the Seven Sisters. You’ll stop to view the Kittiwake colony and journey to the iconic Beachy Head lighthouse. Our guide will tell you all about the local wildlife. Duration: 1.5 hours. Start point: Newhaven. Book multiple tickets, for an adventure with family, friends or colleagues (bookings start 1 Nov).

£100 or more

Sussex Bay Volunteers Pass

Get in action for nature, by becoming a regular volunteer for Sussex seascape restoration projects. For 12 months from 1 November 2024 you will receive volunteering opportunities with projects and access to volunteering events, newsletters and merch discounts. Bring up to 3 people with you, so you can venture out solo or with your favourite folk.

£150 or more

Walking Safari

An experienced guide and ecologist will take you and up to 3 others into the Knepp Wildland Project, 3,500 acres of stunning natural habitat and wildlife. You will look for herds of free-roaming longhorn cattle, Exmoor ponies, Tamworth pigs, red and fallow deer. Duration: 2-3 hours on foot. Location: The Knepp Estate.

£250 or more

Sussex Bay Christmas Box

In December 2024 you will receive a gift box of food and drinks from the Sussex Bay region for Christmas. You may choose to gift the box to yourself, or gift it to someone else. Either way, we'll send tasty goodies to any address in the UK. You can opt to include or exclude meat, dairy and alcohol products.

£500 or more

Business Club (Bronze)

Join the Sussex Bay Business Club, to be counted among the businesses supporting local seascape recovery. For 12 months your logo will feature in the roll-call in our prospectus and website. You’ll receive our newsletter and regular bulletins about how businesses can measure the impact they have on nature and start their pathway to net-zero.

£1,000 or more

Group Beachy Head Boat Tour

Charter the whole 12-person RIB with the Sussex Dolphin Project, for a team trip out along the Seven Sisters. You’ll stop to view the Kittiwake colony and journey to the iconic Beachy Head lighthouse. Our guide will tell you all about the local wildlife. Duration: 1.5 hours. Start point: Newhaven. Great for groups of friends or colleagues (bookings start 1 Nov).

£1,000 or more

Business Club (Silver)

Join the Sussex Bay Business Club, to get active in local seascape recovery. For 12 months your logo will feature in the roll-call in our prospectus and website. You’ll get the Sussex Bay newsletter and bulletins – plus free access to networking and workshop events, picking up tools to integrate impact reporting and the net-zero pathway into your business.

£2,500 or more

Group Sunset Wildlife Cruise

Charter the entire 50-person boat with the Sussex Dolphin Project, for a team trip along Brighton’s coastline, before enjoying the view as the sun sets behind the West Pier. Your guide will narrate your journey and share insights into the dolphins and the project's work to protect the marine environment. Duration: 1 hour. Start point: Brighton Marina (booking opens 1 Nov).

£5,000 or more

Business Club (Gold)

Join the Sussex Bay Business Club, to get your team hands-on in local seascape recovery. The Social Society will build a bespoke 12 months volunteering programme for your employees, matched to the needs of local projects. Plus you'll get the benefits of Silver membership; your case study in the roll-call in our prospectus and website, the newsletter and bulletins and access to networking and workshop events.

£10,000 or more

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Festival Day

Bring a team of up to 50 people together for a festival day created by The Social Society. The day includes a range of volunteer activities, from skills-based workshops tackling charity challenges head-on, to all sorts of team-building ideas curated for you (past events have featured lantern-making, Lego workshops and mindful movement!) Includes food and drinks, on-site games and activities, hay bales and bird song.

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