The beauty of Combe Valley

These stunning images are part of a growing collection from a local artist and photographer who is spending a year capturing the beauty of Combe Valley.

David Dennis embarked on a 12-month project studying the Filsham Reed beds and earlier this year one of his images – a striking shot featuring two rainbows – featured in The Observer and on the BBC.

However, by the end of his mammoth mission the Sea Road snapper hopes to boast a big back catalogue of equally impressive images and, once he has completed his collection he hopes to put the best on display at the De La Warr Pavilion.

Armed with his trusty Nikon D800, Mr Dennis is determined to shed some light on the little-known wildlife found in the Filsham Reed beds and Combe Valley and increase awareness of the wildlife hotspot both locally and nationally.

He spoke to The Observer earlier this week and was excited about heading out into the marshes with a ranger in tow – decked out in his waist-high well-waders.

Mr Dennis explained: “I am a Sussex Wildlife Trust member and I have been talking to the Trust about my one year project to capture the beauty of Filsham Reed Beds/Combe Valley which is really little known nationwide - but has rare birds and other creatures.” He added that he hoped the project would also increase the profile of the Sussex Wildlife Trust – either by encouraging more members or enticing one-off donations. This, according to Mr Dennis, is something the Trust is finding increasingly difficult, particular with so little known locally about the beautiful Combe Valley and its rare inhabitants.

In fact, for many locals the most they have heard about the area has been in conjunction with the long-running dispute over the controversial Bexhill-Hastings Link Road.

That is one of the reasons Mr Dennis is so keen to showcase the marshland at its best and, hopefully, in doing so encourage more local people to take advantage of the thriving, but often overlooked ,wildlife environment on their own doorstep.