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

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Great News Herons Rest Café  reopening 29th March

We are pleased to announce that Herons Rest will re open on Monday 29th March at 10.00 serving a selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks.

We will be operating a door only service and request that you wear a face covering (if appropriate) when requesting your orders.

We have the NHS test and trace process in place and we ask that our patrons either use the QR code provided or complete the paper form provided.

We would ask that all payments are made with cards please.

Please continue to observe current social distancing rules when seated in the picnic areas enjoying your beverages and when walking around the Reserve.

The Reserve will now be open everyday from 10.00 until 17.00 and Herons Rest will close at 16.00. We look forward to welcoming you all back to the Reserve, we have missed you.

The enclosed hides will remain closed until further notice.

Ways to help the Reserve

Good News to help the Reserve.
In these troubled times where we are not receiving any income from our visitors, we are looking at other ways to raise some much needed revenue.
As lots of us are shopping on line these days and we are pleased to say that when shopping on Amazon you can now elect to help the Reserve by using Amazon Smile. The link to this is below.

For more ways to donate to the Reserve please go to the Donate tab.

Exciting News

We are very pleased to advise that we have been awarded a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for 2020. We would like to thank all the visitors who have helped us achieve this.

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.