Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Warnham Nature Reserve

Warnham Road,
Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2RA
Tel: (01403) 256890
Email: leisure@horsham.gov.uk
Location map (This is an off-site Google map)

Location: North-west of Horsham on the B2237 (just off the A24). The reserve is 20-30 minutes walk from Horsham Town Centre.
Open: All year, seven days a week (excluding 25 and 26 December), March-October (including) 10am-6pm, November-February 10am-5pm.

Admission:  Admission to the Reserve costs just £1.50 per adult (admission for under 16's is FREE), allowing access to the whole reserve including 2 bird hides, a feeding station, the Millpond Nature Trail and two extensive boardwalks. Annual permits are also available from the Visitor Centre for £12.00 (£8.00 for Friends of WLNR, details below). If you wish to visit  just the Visitor Centre, for example to visit the cafe or see the latest exhibition there, entry is free.

Sorry, NO DOGS or picnics are allowed on site.

Description: The 92 acre site was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1988. It includes a 17 acre millpond, marshes, grassland, reedbeds, hedges and woodlands. The site provides a haven for a variety of wildlife with over 400 species of plants, from Common Birdsfoot Trefoil to Orchids and ancient Oaks, and over 100 species of bird, including a thriving Heronry, wildfowl, woodpeckers and the rare Cetti's Warbler. The beautiful Kingfisher makes the most of the waters and are regularly seen from the birdhides. The Reserve is also rich in dragonfly - over 21 species have been recorded - which can be seen zipping around the different wetland habitats.

Facilities: Ample free parking. Disabled access toilets with baby changing facilities. Picnic facilities close to the Visitor Centre. Two bird hides, a bird feeding station and the Millpond Nature Trail.

Visitor Centre and Cafe: The Visitor Centre houses information boards and displays including a live beehive. The cafe is open every day and offers superb light refreshments. Entry to the Visitor Centre is free.

Education: School parties can make hands-on educational visits to the Reserve, which can be tailored to suit the needs of the school and will be led by the Wardens.

Events and Countryside Activities: A full programme of activities is available throughout the year for both children and adults at Warnham Local Nature Reserve.  Please visit our Countryside Events page for more details or contact the Nature Reserve (details above).

Warnham Local Nature Reserve Management Plan 2008-2014
A Management Plan has been prepared for Warnham Local Nature Reserve. The Plan sets out and explains the future management of Horsham District Council's countryside site, Warnham Local Nature Reserve and will cover the period up to March 2014. The Plan explains that the aim of the future management of the site is to provide a balance between the following factors:

  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Amenity Value
  • Health and Safety
  • Education and Community Involvement. 

Please click on the pdf attachment at the bottom of this page for full details. If you cannot access the attached document please email or telephone 01403 731218.

Friends of Warnham Local Nature Reserve: A Friends group has been established whose objectives are to foster and promote an appreciation of the Reserve at all levels, to raise funds and to provide lectures, learning opportunities and social activities for the members. A newsletter is produced quarterly. Visit their website for a beautiful photographic overview of the flora and fauna seen at the Reserve as well as details of events and other activities organised by the Friends group. For further details of Membership please contact: Friends of WLNR, 61 Crawley Road, Horsham, West Sussex. RH12 4DS or visit www.friendsofwarnhamlnr.org.uk.

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If you have any comments, concerns or suggestions on how we can improve our services to you across our Parks and Countryside sites, or would like further details about any of the leisure activities made available by Horsham District Council Leisure Services, please contact us on (01403) 215263 or email leisure@horsham.gov.uk We would like to hear from you.

Map of Warnham Nature Reserve

Warnham Local Nature Reserve Draft Management Plan

Warnham Local Nature Reserve Draft Management Plan (1454.28 Kb)
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