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Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Warnham Discovery Trail

Follow our children's activity trail

A colourful wildflower meadow at Warnham Local Nature Reserve

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

Horsham District’s parks and countryside sites are vitally important at this time. Warnham Local Nature Reserve is now open to the public (as of Monday 8 June 2020), however, social distancing, as set out by the Government, remains absolutely crucial. and as such we have put in place the following safety measures.

  • Access to the reserve is via a temporary path leading from the main car park.
    For your own safety, please DO NOT try to access the fenced construction area surrounding the new Discovery Hub building.
  • To ensure adequate social distancing, a one-way system around the reserve is now in place. Please follow the signs and remain 2 meters from other visitors at all times.
  • Please do not block the paths or set up equipment which can affect other people passing safely.
  • The Herons Rest café and all the hides remain closed.
  • One toilet will be open for everyone to use from Tuesday 9 June, please follow the on-site signage.
  • Car parking space will be limited, so please walk to the reserve if you are able to.
  • The reserve will close at 4.00pm until further notice

We would ask all our visitors to help us keep the reserve open by following these safety measures. Public health remains paramount and we do reserve the right to limit our visitor numbers to maintain adequate social distancing.

Please note, for the time being, the reserve will be FREE to enter, but a donation box will be located by the temporary entrance and any contributions to the upkeep of the reserve will be greatly appreciated.

We anticipate there will be many people wanting to visit the reserve straight away.
Please consider visiting either later in the week or even early next week.

For additional updates on restrictions and closures across the district, please visit our Coronavirus: Parks, leisure and venues web page


Warnham Local Nature Reserve is a haven for wildlife just a 30-minute walk from Horsham town centre. The Reserve has bird hides overlooking a 17-acre millpond, walking trails through meadows and woodland, boardwalks over the marshy grassland and a woodpecker hide.

Perfect for families and offering level paths with good disabled access, the Reserve is a great spot to learn about wildlife and habitats. The bird hides are especially popular with local photographers.

We are currently working on an exciting new visitor project at Warnham Local Nature Reserve, called Warnham Discovery Hub.

New discovery trail now open

We are pleased to announce that our new Discovery Trail is now open.

Find us, opening times and parking

Our address is Warnham Road, Horsham, RH12 2RA

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

Season Reserve and car park opening hours Cafe and visitor centre opening hours
April to September 10am-4pm Currently Closed
October to March 10am-4pm Currently Closed

Admission prices

Admission is £2 per adult and free for under 16s. If you wish to only visit the Cafe and Visitor Centre, admission is free. If you arrive after the Cafe and visitor centre are closed, you can enter through the gate next to the centre and admission is free.

Annual passes are available to buy at the Visitor Centre for £12.

Parking at Warnham Nature Reserve is free. The car park has plenty of spaces, including room for coaches. The car park is locked when the reserve closes.

No, dogs are not allowed at Warnham Local Nature Reserve.

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