Due to the very high temperatures forecast Herons Rest will be closed on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July.

The Reserve will remain open as usual and we kindly ask all our visitors to come prepared for the weather.

A first for the Reserve

We are very pleased to announce that we have had our very first Egyptian Goslings on the Reserve. These were first spotted on 14th June 2022. We now have 4 very cute goslings and some rightly so proud parents. Pop on down to the Reserve and see for yourselves.

Many thanks to one of our regulars Dave Cox for the wonderful pictures.

Blue Tit Live Web Cam

We are pleased to say the live webcam from one of our blue tit nest boxes is now up and running. This can be seen from one of the monitors in the Visitors Centre of by clicking the link below.

As at this morning 29th April 2022, 6 of the 7 eggs have now hatched, sometimes it is difficult to see them as the feathers lining the nest may have moved over them. The parents are in and out a lot during the day bringing lots of food for the hungry chicks.

Warnham Nature Reserve 2022 – Blue Tit – YouTube

Sadly this year our hatched chicks were taken from the nest, so we have switched of the live feed, it will be back up and running next season.

Shelley Wildlife Garden Upkeep

Many thanks to some of our wonderful volunteers for their hard work weeding the garden this morning, it really is looking rather lovely at the moment.

If you find yourself with time on your hands and want to help us keep the garden looking lovely we meet every 2 weeks on a Friday at 10.00, no experience needed as help will be provided with what is a weed and what needs doing.

Discovery Hub and Attree Hide now open

We are pleased to announce that the Reserve is now fully reopen again including the Visitor Centre and our wonderful new Discovery Hub and Attree. We look forward to seeing you all again inside and in our new additions.

Admission Charges to resume on Saturday 15th May 2021

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. We kindly ask that all payments for both the Reserve and the café are made by card not cash. .

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 from 16 to 18.

–          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.

We do appreciate these changes affect in particular the way the annual household permit scheme works, but we do hope you will agree that this still represents excellent value for money and we would like to thank you for your continued support of Warnham Local Nature Reserve.



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

Annual permits will be available to purchase from 9.00am on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th May from the Visitor Centre café hatch. 

Exciting News Monday 12th April

We have gone live today with our Blue Tit nest box camera, there is a lot of activity going on today, probably as it is such a cold day.

The link will be there 24/7 and gives us an insight into the lives of the blue tit pair.

Coop Charity Support

The Friends of Warnham Local Nature Reserve (FoWLNR) is now one of three causes in our local community which Co-op Members can select to support  between now and 23 October 2021. The more members who select us and shop with Co-op, the more funds that FoWLNR will receive via them.

We encourage you to become Co-op Members and select FoWLNR as your cause. You can join online at or by downloading the Co-op app to your mobile device. Simply sign-in to your online Co-op account, choose a cause and select Friends of Warnham Local Nature Reserve.

When you buy selected Co-op products and services, 2p for every £1 spent goes into your membership account. Co-op will split the same between like-minded organisations and local causes. If you do not select a cause to support, Co-op will share the funds you raise equally between the 3 causes in your community.

The Heron’s Rest café reopens

GREAT NEWS, the Herons Rest has reopened on 29th March 2021, and will be open every day from 10.00 until 16.00. Last orders for hot drinks is 15.45

This will be a “door service” only. There will be a limited amount of outdoor seating available. The visitors centre, however, will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Please wear a face covering (where appropriate) at the door when ordering your beverages. 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.

Our full range of drinks and snacks will be available, but we ask if you can please pay by cards rather than cash.

Reserve Current Opening Hours

The reserve will be open daily from 10.00am – 17.00.

For the safety of all our visitors, the following measures have been put in place.

  • 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 toilets are open, please follow the on-site signage.
  • Car parking space will be limited, so please walk to the reserve if you are able to.

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.

Rookwood Development

The Friends continue to oppose the Rookwood proposal. Please read more.