Burton and Chingford Ponds

A microcosm of different habitats within one site - various woodland, carr, wet and dry heath, two large ponds and bogs

Just three miles south of Petworth an old water mill overlooks a tranquil 16th century hammer pond, where fishermen punt lazily across the water searching for Carp, Great Crested Grebes dive for Roach and Rudd, and Kingfishers splash for the small fry.

Burton and Chingford Ponds is jointly managed by Sussex Wildlife Trust and West Sussex County Council.

GU28 0JR
Grid ref:
SU 978180
Reserve size:
56 hectares

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How to bowl a maiden over

How to bowl a maiden over

We are very excited to announce that following a concerted effort over a number of years to re-create suitable habitat for the Field Cricket, our Reserves Manager, Jane Willmott heard two singing males on the Warren at Burton and Chingford Ponds Local Nature Reserve.

Ponies at Burton Pond

Ponies at Burton Pond

​Three Exmoor Ponies will be grazing Welch’s Common at Burton and Chingford Ponds from mid-April 2021 for 4-6 weeks.