Smaller reserves

Across Sussex, the Trust owns a number of wonderful but tiny nature reserves that for a number of reasons are difficult to access. Some are also home to species that are particularly sensitive to disturbance.

If you would like more information please contact the Land Management Team for details.

Chailey Warren

Close to the Chailey Commons Local Nature Reserve complex of heathland and woodland, this 2.6 hectare reserve supports marsh gentians growing amongst the heather and purple moor-grass. Light grazing with ponies for part of the year helps to keep down the bracken and birch seedlings, and provides some bare patches to give the gentians an opportunity to establish new plants. This reserve can only be accessed across private land so unfortunately there is no general public access.

The Deneway

Constituting part of the Withdean Woods Local Nature Reserve in Brighton, the Deneway is a 1.5 hectare narrow strip of embankment between the railway line and some houses. It acts as a wildlife corridor from the countryside to the centre of Brighton, linking other urban green spaces. Largely secondary woodland, it provides a home for badgers, foxes and a variety of birds.

Leythorne Meadow

These delightful wet meadows three miles south of Chichester have a mixture of fen meadow and pasture communities, including southern marsh orchids. Occasional cattle grazing is an essential part of the management and is helping the southern marsh orchids to spread across this 3 hectare site. This reserve unfortunately has no general public access.

Marehill Quarry

This 0.5 hectare geological Site of Special Scientific Interest near Pulborough is a small network of quarried underground tunnels which display particularly interesting clay and sandstone strata that are rarely seen at the surface. The tunnels are also important as a hibernating site for bats.
The nature reserve is closed to prevent disturbance and for public safety.