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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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Trustees Vacancies

As you are probably aware, The Friends of Warnham Nature Reserve is a Registered Charity that is run by a Board of Trustees and a Management Committee.

We are seeking to recruit new and enthusiastic individuals to become Trustees, to supplement and bring new/additional expertise to the existing group.

The Trustees meet on a quarterly basis, and have legal and regulatory responsibilities to act in the charity’s best interests, to manage resources responsibly and to act with reasonable care and skill. The Trustees generally make policies and ensure compliance, with the day-to-day implementation being the responsibility of the Management Committee.

The Trustees work very closely with Horsham District Council and the Management Committee to achieve our Charitable Objectives.

If you are interested and would like further information, please contact:

The Secretary of FoWLNR

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Warnham Road


Or email us at fowlnr@gmail.com

Details of eligibility and Trustees duties can be found on the Charity Commission website in their document “Charity trustee: what’s involved (CC3a)” at (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/charity-trustee-whats-involved) or we can supply you with a printed copy on request.

Current Opening Hours and Safety Measures


The Reserve and toilets will still be open daily from 10.00 – 16.00, the hides will remain closed.  Herons Rest Café will unfortunately remain closed for the foreseeable future.

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.