Inhabiting a small corner
of the picturesque South Downs, this
delightful village was the inspiration behind
the work of Britain’s first real ecologist,
the clergyman Gilbert White (1720-93).
White pioneered the use of detailed recordings in the study of the natural world. His house, The Wakes, is a museum in itself but also contains an exhibition dedicated to the life of the Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Oates.