Warnham Nature Reserve


Type:Nature Reserve

Warnham Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2RA

Tel: 01403 756238

Warnham Nature Reserve, West Sussex


The 92 acre site was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1988. It includes a 17 acre (6.9 ha) millpond, marshes, grassland, reedbeds, hedges and woodlands.

The site provides a haven for a variety of wildlife, being known to having recorded over 400 species of plants, from Common Birdsfoot Trefoil to Orchids and ancient Oaks, and over 100 species of bird, including a thriving Heronry, wildfowl, woodpeckers and the rare Cetti's Warbler. The beautiful Kingfisher makes the most of the waters and are regularly seen from the birdhides.

The Reserve is also rich in dragonfly - over 21 species have been recorded - which take advantage of the different wetland habitats.

We have a captive breeding programme for Harvest Mice and a vivariium in the visitor centre.

Ample free parking. Disabled access toilets with baby changing facilities. Picnic facilities close to the Visitor Centre. There are 5 bird hides, one of which includes a feeding station.and the Millpond Nature Trail.

The Herons Rest Cafe is run by volunteers from the Friends of Warnham and offers hot & cold drinks and a selection of packaged snacks.The visitor centre / cafe is open 10am to 3pm winter and 10 to 4pm summer

Access to the Visitor Centre is free. However a low-cost Day permits are £2.00 per adult and free for accompanied children under 16 years allows access to the whole reserve, including 5 bird hides, a feeding station, the Millpond Nature Trail and two extensive boardwalks. Annual permits are available at £12.00 per household (two adults and up to four children at the same address)

Dogs, cycling, picnics are not permitted on the Reserve.

There is a small picnic area by the entrance.

The Friends of Warnham LNR host many events for which booking is often required – see website. Membership of Friends is £10 per household and this is in addition to the day or annual permit being held.

The Reserve is open from 10am daily until 5pm (or dusk) in winter and 6pm between April and October.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Under 16sFree



  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Open New Year
  • Toilets - Disabled access toilets with baby changing facilities.

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


Map & Directions

Road Directions

North West of Horsham on the B2237 (just off the A24). The reserve is 20-30 minutes walk from Horsham Town Centre.


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2019 Tourism South East Member 2019 2019

Opening Times

March - October (1 Mar 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00*
November - December (1 Nov 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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