Leechpool and Owlbeech woods
Leechpool Woods is a 53-acre site of ancient woodland. There are five signposted walking trails that cover different habitats, including a sculpture trail. Owlbeech Woods is restored heathland that supports a rare selection of flora and fauna. Admission to both sites is free and they are open all year round.
A walk around Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods
Take a walk with us around Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods in our video below.
Leechpool Woods car park is off Harwood Road and is free. Free parking is also available next to South Holmes Play Area.
Middle Heath Enclosure - Closed April - September
Please be aware that the Middle Heath enclosure is currently closed off to reduce disturbance to rare ground-nesting birds during the breeding season. These include the Woodlark, Nightjar, Yellow Hammer and Willow Warbler.
Please do not enter, or allow dogs to enter the enclosure during this time.
As part of our on-going land management strategy, please be aware that grazing animals are used in Owlbeech Woods. These include cattle, sheep and domestic horses. They help to create and maintain the woodland and heathland habitats and the complexity of diverse scrubby ecotones between.
In order to assist our countryside team with this work, Middle Heath is locked from 1st April - 30th September.
We would ask all our visitors not to feed or touch these animals.
In the event of an emergency or animal welfare issue, please contact 01403 256890 (office hours) or 01403 215100 (out of hours).
Volunteer at Leechpool woods
Horsham Green Gym is a nature conservation group run by volunteers with support from Horsham District Council. The groups meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at parks and open spaces around the district, including Leechpool and Owlbeech woods.
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