World of Widewater (WOW) is a local community group consisting of over 50 members, a Committee of 10 and we have a Constitution.

We share a passion for the Widewater Nature Reserve and aim to help it flourish by keeping it clean and tidy, helping to protect and encourage Wildlife and raising it’s profile so it can be enjoyed by all.

WOW started 10 years ago and since then we have achieved many goals. Our highlights would be:

Many Tidy Up Days where members comb the lagoon with litter pickers and bags clearing the rubbish from the banks.

Clean up day!
Clean up day!

Nature Activities on the lagoon for the public, especially children to join in.

Raising funds with WSCC for an Ecological Survey of the lagoon, carried out by Brighton University. ( 2013 ) The survey helped to establish the general health of the lagoon whilst discovering rare and interesting plants and creatures living here. The results are posted on this website – have a look!

Social Events. Twice a year, WOW organise fun social evenings for members and friends that are a chance to meet people with similar interests and to enjoy food, drinks, talks and entertainment.

Just Beautiful!
Just Beautiful!

Swan Watch! We all love our resident Widewater swans – at present a breeding pair and we have put every effort into making sure that they are safe and well looked after here. We have built ramps so they have safe access to the water when the cygnets hatch; campaigned for dogs on leads so they are not attacked; rescued injured swans ; members and residents have put fresh water out for them and we have even intervened in serious territorial fights! Because we love them and they give us so much pleasure!

Other Birds.

We have a rich diversity of bird life here and it is a haven for birders. WOW has formed links with Shoreham and District Ornithological Society ( SDOS ) and with their help now receive regular sightings which are posted on our website.

We have regular meetings { please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions ) and we produce a newsletter – The Rundown – circulated to members and posted on this site. If you are interested – PLEASE JOIN US!