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Rookwood Development

The Friends continue to oppose the Rookwood proposal. Please read our open letter to HDC.

Please TAKE ACTION to help stop the development.

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Current Opening Hours and Safety Measures

November 2020 – Reserve and toilets are still open, but Herons Rest cafe is closed.

The reserve will be open daily from 10.00am – 4.00pm. For the safety of all our visitors, a number of measures have been put in place. Read more before you visit.

Warnham Nature Reserve

The 92 acre site, owned and managed by Horsham District Council,  was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1988. It includes a 17 acre millpond, marshes, grassland, reed beds, hedges and woodlands. The site provides a haven for a variety of wildlife with over 400 species of plants, and over 100 species of bird, including a thriving Heronry, wildfowl, and all three species of Woodpecker. The beautiful Kingfisher makes the most of the waters and are regularly seen from all four bird hides. The Reserve is also rich in dragonfly – over 21 species can be seen zipping around the different wetland habitats.

The mill pond is fed by two streams, Boldings Brook and Chennels Brook, and there are three small ponds. Two board walks give access to wetlands and woodland and four hides.

There is a wide range of wildlife to be seen, from minute pond organisms trip-advisorto herons, deer and foxes.

There is a feeding station which attracts a wide variety of birds, mammals and insects.