Butterfly Reserve, Tilletts Lane, Warnham
The 20 acre site on the edge of Warnham village was established as a butterfly reserve in 2010 and since then, more than 34 species of butterfly have been recorded there. Grizzled and Dingy Skippers are often the first to be seen and others soon follow given the right conditions.
A 10-minute walk from Horsham town centre and popular with dog walkers, Chesworth has 90 acres of meadows and ancient hedgerows.
Meeting place – Outside the Visitor Centre, near the Council depot. The barrier at the entrance to the lane will be raised until 10.0 am on the day of a HGG meeting. From the barrier to the parking area is about 500 yards. MORE INFORMATION
An ancient woodland covering 53 acres. Trees include Oak, Ash, Hazel, Hawthorn, Holly, Blackthorn, Sweet Chestnut and Scots Pine.
Meeting place – Please gather near the willow dome enclosure which is close to the car park. The car park is off Harwood Road and almost opposite the entrance to Manor Fields. Please park neatly as it gets very busy. MORE INFORMATION
The wood, part of the South Downs National Park, borders a Golf Course and is crossed from NW to SE by the course of a Roman Road. The River Chilt, a tributary of the River Arun, flows through the wood.
Meeting place – The car park, which is off Monkmead Lane at the junction with Nyetimber Lane. MORE INFORMATION
Motte & Bailey
Horsham town’s only listed Ancient Monument, the remnants of an early motte and bailey originated just after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and was abandoned shortly after 1150. The undulations of the mound and the surrounding ditch are still evident today. The secluded site often has cattle grazing.
Meeting place – Beside the road in Lemmington Way, about 80 yards from the roundabout in Rusper Road. There is space for a few cars to park at the roadside but you may have to park a short distance away. Keep clear of the area of the bus stop. MORE INFORMATION
Owlbeech Woods covers 55 acres and is restored heathland that supports a rare selection of flora and fauna. Grazing animals – cattle, sheep and domestic horses – are used to help create and maintain the woodland habitats.
Meeting place – Beyond the field gate in the car park which is at the farthest end of Owlbeech Way. MORE INFORMATION
Sandgate Park, Water Lane, Storrington
The Park is a quiet countryside area home to important habitats for local wildlife. It has 22 acres of woodland, four ponds, five acres of heathland and two acres of grassland.
Meeting place – There is no car park so please try to find a space in the small NT car park in the same road and opposite the Cemex quarry. MORE INFORMATION
Southwater Country Park
This 90 acre site, created from a former brickworks, has a large lake and good, surfaced paths which provide an easy-going lakeside walk. The Quarry, on the other side of Cripplegate Lane, is a natural conservation area home to lizards, kingfishers and butterflies.
Meeting places – the joining instruction will state which one we are using on the day
- Outside the café if we are using the Station Road car park. This car park is accessed from Cripplegate Lane and Station Road.
- At Stakers Lane car park (off Cripplegate Lane and opposite the pedestrian entrance to Station Road car park)
- In the car park at Mill Straight (almost opposite the turning to Andrews Road)
Top Common, Byfleets Lane, Broadbridge Heath
This site is owned by Broadbridge Heath Parish Council and has been converted by volunteers from waste land to a valuable, small nature reserve.
Meeting place – and parking at Broadbridge Heath cricket club just opposite, Byfleets Lane, RH12 3PB SEE MAP and MORE INFORMATION
Warnham Local Nature Reserve
The 92-acre Reserve has four bird hides overlooking a 17-acre millpond, walking trails through meadows and woodland, boardwalks over the marshy grassland. It is very popular with nature photographers.
Meeting place – Outside the café. In the car park, please reverse into your place. MORE INFORMATION