Please note that during the Coronavirus emergency the reserve will be open daily from 10.00am – 17.00 but the hides will be closed until further notice.

Herons rest Café is now open again from 10.00 to 16.00 daily serving a selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks. Last orders for hot drinks will be at 15.45.

For the time being, the reserve will be FREE to enter.

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 enclosed hides will remain closed.
  • One toilet will be open for everyone to use, 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.

Please note, for the time being, the reserve will be FREE to enter.

Opening Hours

Visitor Centre and Herons Rest (including the café) are open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day


April-September from 10am to 5pm
October-March from 10am to 4pm
Every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Visitor Centre and Heron’s Rest Café

April-September from 10am to 4pm, last orders for hot drinks 3.45pm
October-March from 10am to 3pm, last orders for hot drinks 2.45pm
Every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Facilities include baby changing facilities and disabled toilet and these are open until the time the Reserve closes. Click here for contact details and directions.



Admission to the Reserve costs £2.00 per adult and is free for “under 16’s”.

Annual permits are available from the Visitor Centre for £12.00 per household. These allow unlimited access for one year to all living at the same address.

“Friends of Warnham Local Nature Reserve” (FoWLNR) can purchase annual permits at the reduced price of £8.00. Find out more about becoming a member of the Friends, a registered charity.

Admission to the Visitor Centre and Heron’s Rest Cafe is free.

Please note that no dogs, picnics or bicycles are allowed on the Reserve. There is a parking area for bicycles and several picnic tables in the garden and courtyard between the car-park and visitor centre.

Accessibility/Disabled Access

  • Disabled access toilets with baby changing facilities.
  • Disabled parking spaces for blue-badge holders
  • Wheelchair friendly path from the car park to Visitor Centre
  • Most of the Reserve, including the bird hides, is accessible by wheelchairs in dry conditions.


Visitor Centre Facilities & Heron’s Rest Café

Entry to the Visitor Centre & Heron’s Rest Café is free. The Visitor Centre houses:

  • Information boards, a gallery and has exhibits by local photographers and artists.
  • Live camera feeds from Heronry and various nest boxes (seasonal)
  • Second-hand book, birdseed, booklet sales
  • Harvest Mice Vivarium

The Heron’s Rest cafe offers hot and cold drinks and a small selection of snacks. These can be enjoyed at the tables inside the visitor centre, as well as those, in the courtyard and garden.

Map of Reserve

Other facilities include:

  • Ample free parking, including coaches (on request)
  • Picnic facilities adjacent to the Visitor Centre.
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Toilets, including disabled, and baby-changing facilities.
  • Defibrillator

See map of reserve.

Out on the Reserve

On the Reserve you will find the following:

  • The new Discovery Trail– made up of easy access footpaths, bridges, extensive boardwalks – highlights areas of interest, history, habitat, site management and wildlife, as well as fun facts for all and hidden rubbing plates for the yougsters.
  • The “Tern”, “Heron” and “Aston Trelford” hides which all overlook the Millpond.
  • The Woodpecker hide focusing on the birdfeeders and woodland wildlife
  • The Sandpiper Hide overlooking a scrape and focusing on wading birds
  • Walnut Tree Plantation
  • Butterfly Ride
  • Wildflower meadow (seasonal access)
  • Several ponds
  • Boldings Brook with adjacent boardwalk
  • Stag Beetle Loggery


What you might see

The diverse mix of habitats attracts a wealth of plants and animals with 12 species of amphibians and reptiles, 168 birds species, 25 dragonflies and damselflies, 35 different butterflies, 32 mammals including 7 bats, 472 plant species including grasses, sedges, rushes and ferns, 582 fungi, as well as 758 species of moths. The reedbeds are good for warblers and water rails.

The woodlands are home to owls, sparrow-hawks and roe deer and winter flocks of siskin and redwing. The grassland is particularly good for insects such as the migrant clouded yellow butterfly and six spot Burnet moth. The water habitats from the large Millpond to the smaller ponds and Boldings Brook have a wealth of wildlife from dragonflies to cormorants, teal, herons and fish. The beautiful Kingfisher makes the most of the waters and are regularly seen from the waterside bird hides.

Find out more about the wildlife.

Events/Get Involved/Volunteer

A full programme of activities is available throughout the year for both children and adults, including an annual photographic competition. For those wanting to get more involved, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer, however little or much time you have to offer.  Find out more about What’s On.