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Co-op Local Community Fund

Last week we had some fantastic news that we had been awarded £1,081.05 from the Co-op Local Community Fund. Every time Co-op members buy selected Co-op branded products and services, money is given to local causes such as us.
We are very thankful for everyone who chose the Reserve as the destination for their donations and cannot wait to use the money to improve the reserve further for wildlife.
Here is Neil Henry, one of our Trustees receiving the cheque.




We are very pleased to announce that we will be hosting our wreath making days again this year.  These will be held on the following days:

Wednesday 1st December  – This is for Friends Members Only

Thursday 2nd December – Open to everyone

Friday 3rd December – Open to everyone

There will be two sessions each day, one in the morning from 10.00 – 12.00 and one in the afternoon from 13.00 – 15.00. Please bring your own gloves and secateurs and additional greenery you may wish to use or donate for others to use.

The cost is £15 per person and includes a hot drink and a mince pie.

Places are very limited and must be booked and paid for in advance at Herons Rest Café or by calling the Reserve on 01403 756238.

Feedback on new Discovery Hub and Attree Hide

We hope that you have made it down to see the new Discovery Hub and Attree hide, it is truly amazing and the view from the windows across the millpond is stunning at any time of the day and in any weather.

Don’t just take our word for come and down and see for yourselves, we have one day left on our half term activities, which is a Halloween themed self guided walk tomorrow. Be on the look out as there may be witches and vampires around for you to spot too.

If you have already been down and joined in any of our activities we would love to hear your feedback. You can do this by uploading a Tripadvisor report, commenting on any of our social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or by clicking on the link below.

WLNR Discovery Hub Visitor Questionnaire (office.com)

Discovery Hub Opening

We are pleased to announce the new Discovery Hub has been opened today, 25th October, by one of our young regulars Samantha.

As it is half term this week we have lots of free activities for the children, today was mask making and was a great hit with all our participants. These are proving very popular and some are close to being fully booked, we do ask that if you are booked in and can no longer make the event you contact the Reserve to let us know as we do have waiting lists.

Below are a few pictures from the opening today


Grand opening of new Discovery Hub and Shelley Wildlife Garden

We are very pleased and proud to announce that the Discovery Hub and Shelley Wildlife Garden will open on Monday 25th October.

To celebrate this and the half term holidays we are offering a range of free activities for children of all ages, including pond dipping, mask making, guided walks and a Halloween trail. All of these events will need to be be booked in advance and can be done via the links in the details below. Please do not contact the Reserve or Herons Rest to book these.

Discovery Hub and Shelley Wildlife Garden | Horsham District Council

West Sussex County Times article 14th October

In preparation of the opening of the Discovery Hub and Shelley Wildlife garden on 25th October our local paper has a large article this week on this and the work of the Friends. A link to the rticle is below.



Bat Walk – Friday 17th September

Many thanks to everyone who came to the event on Friday, it was so good to see so many of you at our first members only event for a long time.

We are planning for our next events, details will be announced shortly.


Charge resumed – 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.



Children (under 18)


Adult Day Permit


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


Annual Adult Permit
(All other adults in  a household)


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.


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:


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.