Bramber Brooks Nature Reserve

Bramber Brooks Nature Reserve

Nestled on the edge of Bramber village, lies Bramber Brooks Nature Reserve.

Stretching over 40 acres, from the foot of Bramber Castle across to the River Adur, the site Is a special one of both natural and archaeological importance. Formerly a  floodplain, the brooks now form part of the larger River Adur Water Meadows Local Wildlife Site, valuable for its wetland plants.

Within the Reserve is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, containing some of the only undisturbed medieval salterns along the south coast. The cut paths that wind round the reserve, lead visitors over these remnants of the medieval salt trade.

A thriving community orchard, established in 2018, lies to the east. Planted with a wide range of heritage apple trees, these include Sussex heritage varieties Egremont Russet and Sussex Mother.

To the Western side of Bramber Brooks, is a gated enclosure which order to protect the local wildlife, is a designated ‘dog free area’.

Horsham District Council acquired the site in January 2024 and look forward to working with our residents to preserve this valuable community asset.

Important Information
Please be aware that the Environment Agency will be on-site at the end of February, grass cutting in selected areas (weather permitting).
This is in preparation for habitat enhancement works proposed for later on this year.  The resulting short grass will deter reptiles and birds nesting in areas that could be disturbed when the works commence. Please follow all on-site signage if you are visiting during this time.

A thriving community

Discover the history of the site

Sit and watch the world go by

How to find Bramber Brooks Nature Reserve

Parking and Facilities

The closest car park is on The Street, Bramber, BN44 3WE.
This is a small free car park with public toilets. These are open daily from May to August and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only between September and April.
On leaving the car park, please turn left and walk approximately 150m up the road to the access path on your left.

There are no additional facilities at the Reserve.