Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Warnham Local Nature Reserve, Horsham: Hours, Address, Warnham Local Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Warnham Local Nature Reserve
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Friends of Warnham Local Nature Reserve is a registered charity (No. 1171924). Our aim is to ensure the conservation, protection, and improvement of Warnham Local Nature Reserve for the benefit of both the public and the wildlife. Working in close partnership with Horsham District Council who own and manage the Reserve, we: * Promote the Reserve through displays and road shows * Meet & greet visitors to the Reserve and collect permit charges * Manage the Heron’s Rest café, selling drinks and light refreshments * Raise funds for specific projects * Organize and run programmes of events at the Reserve both for the public and for our members * Host regular evening visits by groups from local youth organisations * Assist with wildlife surveys All income raised is used for the benefit of the Reserve.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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alan2303
Shoreham-by-Sea, UK767 contributions
Excellent first visit
Apr 2021 • Friends
My first visit here and I found it exceeded my expectations. Entrance fee is modest and there were lots of types of nature to keep one’s interest. Lots of good birding. Butterflies to spot. Small mammals to observe. Some construction underway and some Covid19 safety measures in place but not an issue really. Marsh frogs were quite exciting. Lots for all ages to engage with. Will definitely return in a different season. Good observation hides.
Written 30 May 2021
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Alan2303, Many thanks for taking the time to post a great review about our Reserve. We are pleased to hear that you think there is lots of nature to see for all ages. The current ongoing construction work is creating a new garden to lead down to the Discovery Hub, if all goes well these should be ready to open later in the year. We look forward to seeing you back in the Reserve in a different season. Regrds
Written 9 June 2021
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Ella507
Eastbourne, UK92 contributions
Great place for birdwatchers.
May 2021
I visited Warnham Nature Reserve for the first time few days ago and I know that was not my last visit. A paradise for birdwatchers. There are few hides that help with watching and taking pictures of numerous species of birds. I love two hides with bird feeders, I could so many small garden birds as well as slightly bigger ones. I even managed to spot a little, cute bank vole searching for seeds under one of the feeders. I spend there about 4 hours and I felt I could easily spend more time there.
There is a car park free for visitors, coffee shop where visitors can gat a snack and a drink, also clean and tidy toilets. At the moment the entrance is £3 and cash is not accepted, cards only. Friendly staff.
My only regret is that the place is not open before 10am, it would be great to watch birds and wildlife very early in the morning. but as I said above I will deinitely come back there.
Written 23 May 2021
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Ella507, Thank you very much for your kind response. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and spent a long time around the Reserve enjoying the varied wildlife. We usually do have some events when we open early, but due to covid these unfortunately are no longer running. We hope to start our event programme again when it is safe to do so, please keep an eye on our website and social media channels where these will be advertised. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Written 24 May 2021
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JOHN P
3 contributions
OWLET WATCHING
May 2021 • Couples
Today was the day of the Owlet for those who were lucky enough to see it.
It was a baby Tawney owl according to the many expert bird watchers
We were very fortunate to watch it for quite a while.
And just a few meters further on we were able to watch the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Our walk was most enjoyable in the sunshine with a light breeze helping to spread the mixed aroma of bluebells and wild garlic
Following the one-way system boardwalk round we were also able to sit down and watch the Great Tit flying backwards and forwards to the nest above our heads feeding the youngsters
All in all its one of our favourite places to visit and enjoy the outdoors
We can also recommend that you sit down and enjoy a relaxing drink after your visit at the cafe staffed by the volunteers.
Photos show the Great Tits nest and then it's a spot the OWLET in the other one... Answers on a postcard please
Written 11 May 2021
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John P, Many thanks for your very kind review. You were very lucky to see the owlet, I'm still waiting to see this myself. Glad you had good weather and could smell the bluebells and the garlic, it is such a lovely aroma. Pleased that you found the placed benches were handy for watching the great tit family. We're happy to hear that we are one of your favourite places to visit and enjoy the outdoors. Thank you for the recommendation of a relaxing drink at the Café. We hope to see you on the Reserve again soon
Written 20 May 2021
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ian g
1 contribution
Great haven for nature but poor on service.
Apr 2021
Great to have this on our doorstep. A real haven for wildlife. Not so impressed by the attitude of people in tbe cafe who refused to serve hot drinks at 15:50 because they were closing at 16:00. It reminds you that we are still in the UK! We hope there's a more willing attitude when the new centre opens.
Written 6 April 2021
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Hello B1709LNiang, Many thanks for your recent review and for appreciating that we have this great nature haven in Horsham. We are sorry to hear of your recent experience at Herons Rest Café. Our café closes at 16.00 and our volunteers who run this have lots to do upon closing so last orders are taken at 15.45 in order for them to do these and still be able to leave at a reasonable time.
Written 15 April 2021
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wisewarren
London, UK2 contributions
Hide Closure not obvious on website
Oct 2020
A friend and I (both members) visited two weeks ago expecting the hides to be open as your website does not specifically mention closure. In fact, the wording gives the impression that the hides are available for use. Perhaps the hide closure could be made much clearer on the website thereby saving unnecessary journeys.

This is one of the very few reserves which has closed hides. Could it be because the site is council owned and therefore ultra cautious. RSPB and WWT sites all have accessible hides.

Warren Wise
Written 29 October 2020
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Dear Warren, Thank you for taking the time to complete a review. We are sorry that you found the Friends website not clear enough regarding the hides position. When the Herons Rest reopened and we updated the website we believed that as we didn't mention the hides it was assumed they would remain closed as per the original post. It takes a little longer for us to update the website than the Facebook and Twitter pages which are maintained daily. With regard to the closure of the hides it was deemed that due to the small sizes and the entrance and exit being shared, safe social distancing cannot be adhered to. We hope that you will come back and visit us again when we are fully open.
Written 3 November 2020
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Jo B
Littlehampton, UK77 contributions
Disappointing
Oct 2020 • Friends
Went to reception where we were used to entering (pre covid), all locked up but tried to communicate through the window with the staff who just turned their backs when i asked how to get in. After wandering around the car park found a sign saying we could access the nature reserve via a turnsty by the golf course. Walked for 10 mins to find the entrances chained up.
Written 13 October 2020
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282Job, Thank you for taking the time to post about your recent visit. We are sorry that you found it disappointing, during these COVID times the entrance has been moved to a newly constructed path by the path leading to Herons Rest and toilets. We thought this was clearly signposted but will this to ensure they are still there and visible. Herons Rest is open from 10 - 15 every day, unless it is very wet and windy as we are only operating a door service and it gets very cold with the door open. These days we update our Facebook and Twitter pages to say if we have had to close due to inclement weather. We do hope that you will visit us again in the future.
Written 14 October 2020
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Clivey57
London, UK774 contributions
Slightly disappointed
Oct 2020
Came here 31st August, was free entry with a donation if you wanted to. One way system here. Must admit due to Covid all the huts were closed so didn’t see much. The birds on the feeders were great to watch, we stayed for a few hours and enjoyed our woodland walk.
Written 3 October 2020
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Clivey57, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your visit to the reserve. We are sorry to hear that you didn't see much on your visit, there is an abundance of wildlife to see outside of the hides, but do appreciate that with these closed due to the space inside not being viable for safe social distancing the millpond is not clearly visible and the wildlife on it. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your woodland walk and watching the many birds that visit the reserve. We hope to welcome you back to the reserve.
Written 4 October 2020
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Baby Yoda
Horsham District, UK20 contributions
Lovely visit
Jun 2020
Warnham Local Nature Reserve is a great place for a walk and to teach the little one's a bit more about the local nature. It is informative and interesting. It is mostly accessible and they have set up a one way system so that social distancing can be maintained. There are picnic areas to sit and enjoy a spot of lunch or a bite to eat. They are building a new discovery centre and I can't wait to go and explore this when it is complete.
Written 27 August 2020
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Departure36904853303, Many thanks for your lovely review. We are pleased to read and see that both you and Baby Yoda enjoyed your visit to the reserve and that you found it informative and interesting. We also can't wait to get into the new Discovery Hub and explore it. Look forward to welcoming you back very soon.
Written 28 August 2020
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David G
Lower Beeding, UK254 contributions
A very nice way to spend a morning (or afternoon).
Jul 2020 • Couples
A lovely stroll around the nature reserve and a first time visit for us. We were very impressed with the COVID planning and it made for a safe and enjoyable time with one way systems in place. The paths are well kept and level making it easily accessible for young children and those with poor mobility.
Written 12 August 2020
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David, Many thanks for you recent review. We are glad that you enjoyed your first visit to us and hope it won't be the last. It is good to hear that all changes that we have been made for COVID on the reserve made you feel very safe. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future.
Written 21 August 2020
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toniap199
London, UK10 contributions
A great little find!
Aug 2020 • Family
A lovely little find from a quick Google search! We visited with another family and the children loved walking round the reserve looking out for different birds and butterflies. It was lovely and quiet when we visited but the whole site is very well sign posted with a one way system for these strange times we find ourselves in. We'll definitely be back
Written 12 August 2020
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Toniap199, Many thanks for you recent view. We are pleased to hear you all enjoyed the reserve looking out for all our wildlife. It is good to hear that you have no problem with all the additional signage we have had to put up in these troubled times. We look forward to welcoming you back
Written 21 August 2020
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