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Rookwood Development

The Friends are very pleased at the latest announcement that Rookwood has been removed from the plans, for now at least.

We continue to oppose the Rookwood proposal. Please read our open letter to HDC.

Please TAKE ACTION to help stop the development.

Find out more.

Pond Dipping Days

We are pleased to announce we have started to open up our events now and we will be starting with two pond dipping days in August, full details are on the poster.

Pond Dipping Events-poster

Charges to resume – Saturday 15th May

Please be aware that from Saturday 15th May, admission charges will resume at the Reserve and will be payable at the Visitor Centre café hatch. All payments to be made by card please.

As regular visitors will know, over the past year the Reserve has been free to enter.  Prior to this entry fees did apply. These fees and permit monies go towards the upkeep and safe running of the Reserve.

Following discussion between the Friends of Warnham Local Nature Reserve and Horsham District Council we had intended to introduce new entry fees in April 2020, however as events overtook and we were not able to facilitate this.

With the hides due to re-open from Monday 17th May, we are now in a position where we intend to re-introduce charging.

We will be introducing charges based on the principles detailed below;

–          Per adult pricing is fairer than household pricing and better reflects the benefit received by visitors.

–          Children will not be charged an entrance fee to encourage their engagement with the natural world. The transition age has been extended to under 18’s.

–          Pricing should reflect the value of the reserve and provide sufficient income to enable it to be developed further to the benefit of the community.

Category

Price

Children (under 18)

Free

Adult Day Permit

£3.00

Annual Adult Permit
(First adult of a household if applicable)

£18.00

Annual Adult Permit
(All other adults in  a household)

£9.00

Friends Of WLNR Members will receive a £5.00 discount on the first adult permit purchased.

Friends of Warnham LNR Annual Membership

£10.00 per person

HDC Leisure Access Card Holders
(Discounts will only be given on production of a valid card and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount)

50% discount of day and annual permits.

Special Events

Event Charges may apply

Exciting News – Monday 12th April

The Friends are very pleased to announce that our Blue Tit nest box camera live feed is now up and running. There is a lot of activity going on today, probably as it is so cold outside.

If you  want to take a look at the inside of a nest box, now is your chance.

The feed will be live 24/7 and will be available on our social media channels too.

We would love to hear your feedback on the live camera feed too.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-6d-Q5ZP9CdHcrBCUgMW2xYY6oXAsp3X

How to identify butterflies around the Reserve

We are now starting to see a few butterflies around the Reserve, if you’re not an expert on identifying the different species, our friends at Sussex Wildlife Trust have produced a free guide for beginners.

For more details please click on the link below:

https://courses.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/butterflies/

Great News Herons Rest Café  reopened 29th March

We are pleased to announce that Herons Rest has reopened on Monday 29th March at 10.00 serving a selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks.

We will be operating a door only service and request that you wear a face covering (if appropriate) when requesting your orders.

We have the NHS test and trace process in place and we ask that our patrons either use the QR code provided or complete the paper form provided.

We would ask that all payments are made with cards please.

Please continue to observe current social distancing rules when seated in the picnic areas enjoying your beverages and when walking around the Reserve.

The Reserve will now be open everyday from 10.00 until 17.00 and Herons Rest will close at 16.00, last orders for hot drinks will be 15.45. We look forward to welcoming you all back to the Reserve, we have missed you.

The enclosed hides will reopen on Monday 17th May and be limited to only 6 people at a time.

For the safety of all our visitors, a number of measures have been put in place. Read more before you visit.

Ways to help the Reserve

Good News to help the Reserve.
In these troubled times where we are not receiving any income from our visitors, we are looking at other ways to raise some much needed revenue.
As lots of us are shopping on line these days and we are pleased to say that when shopping on Amazon you can now elect to help the Reserve by using Amazon Smile. The link to this is below.

For more ways to donate to the Reserve please go to the Donate tab.

Exciting News

We are very pleased to advise that we have been awarded a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for 2020. We would like to thank all the visitors who have helped us achieve this.

Warnham Nature Reserve

The 92 acre site, owned and managed by Horsham District Council,  was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1988. It includes a 17 acre millpond, marshes, grassland, reed beds, hedges and woodlands. The site provides a haven for a variety of wildlife with over 400 species of plants, and over 100 species of bird, including a thriving Heronry, wildfowl, and all three species of Woodpecker. The beautiful Kingfisher makes the most of the waters and are regularly seen from all four bird hides. The Reserve is also rich in dragonfly – over 21 species can be seen zipping around the different wetland habitats.

The mill pond is fed by two streams, Boldings Brook and Chennels Brook, and there are three small ponds. Two board walks give access to wetlands and woodland and four hides.

There is a wide range of wildlife to be seen, from minute pond organisms trip-advisorto herons, deer and foxes.

There is a feeding station which attracts a wide variety of birds, mammals and insects.