Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Warnham Local Nature Reserve Millpond sunrise

Follow our walking trails through wildflower meadows, natural habitats and around the Mill Pond

Visiting Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Warnham Local Nature Reserve, just a 30-minute walk from Horsham town centre, is a haven for wildlife.  Home to over 3000 individual species, the diverse mix of habitats attracts a wealth of flora and fauna.

While the water habitats surrounding the 17 acre-Millpond are the Reserve’s biggest attraction, there is so much more to discover as you follow the trails and boardwalks that wind through ancient woodlands, reedbeds and meadowland.

Five bird hides and two viewing screens are strategically placed across the Reserve offering a host of opportunities for bird watchers and photographers.

Perfect for families and offering level paths with good accessibility for buggies, wheelchairs and mobility scooters, Warnham Local Nature Reserve is a great spot to learn about wildlife and habitats. To protect our setting, no dogs are allowed on the Reserve.

Our address is Warnham Road, Horsham, RH12 2RA.

Please note : The Reserve operates on 'card-only' payments and is currently unable to accept cash.

Opening times

Warnham Local Nature Reserve is open to visitors every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

  • April to September: The Reserve and car park are open 10am-5pm. The cafe closes at 4pm.
  • October to March: The Reserve and car park are open 10am-4pm. The cafe closes at 3pm.

Admission prices from 1 April 2024

Day admission charges are set out in the table below.

Ticket typePrice
Child (under 18) Free
Adult £4.00

Adult with Leisure Access Card


Annual permits including complimentary Friends membership from 1 April 2024

Annual permits are available for individual adults. Children's admission to the Reserve is free.

Annual permit typePrice
First adult permit  £22.50
Additional adult permits for other members of a household £12.00 each
Leisure Access Card Holders will receive 50% off the purchase of annual permits. 
(Discounts will only be given on production of a valid card at time of purchase and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer)  

Find out more about becoming a Friends of Warnham Local Nature Reserve member only for just £10 per year.

The Friends of Warnham Local Nature Reserve run a host of regular events that are open to both members and non members. Visit the events page for details of more events

Travelling to the Reserve and car parking

On foot or by bike
Warnham Nature Reserve is approximately 30 minutes walk / 15 minute cycle from Horsham Town Centre.

From the Town Centre, cross Albion Way and join North Parade (B2237) heading north- west out of town.
Follow this road (which becomes Warnham Road) for approximately one mile and you will see the Reserve on your right.
Bike racks are in place by the main entrance. Please note cycling is not allowed on the Reserve.

By bus
The No 51 bus leaves from the Town Centre (Carfax) or the train station.
Alight at Redford Avenue / Saxon Crescent. Walk north on Redford Avenue, turning left to join the B2237 Warnham Road.
You will see the Reserve on your right. This is approximately a 10 minutes walk.

By car
Parking at Warnham Nature Reserve is free and includes room for coaches. At weekends the car park does get busy and we would encourage our visitors to travel on foot or by public transport.
The car park is locked when the Reserve closes.

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