Ebernoe Common

Varied ancient wood pasture with ponds, streams, meadows and reclaimed arable land under conversion back to woodland

Ebernoe Common is dominated by old wood pasture where Commoners would have turned out their cattle or pigs to graze and browse on young trees and scrub, beech mast and acorns, or on the grassy meadows in glades and clearings. Grazing stopped by the middle of the 20th century and the wood pasture became more and more overgrown. When Sussex Wildlife Trust bought the reserve in 1980 great effort went into opening up glades and rides, and restoring grazing to the reserve.

Nightingale singing at Ebernoe Common

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Reserve size:
157 hectares

In this section

Reserve profile


What you might see

Getting around



Be tick aware

Be tick aware

Now summer is here it is a good time to brush up on your knowledge of ticks, where they live and what sensible precautions you can take.

The Queen’s Green Canopy

The Queen’s Green Canopy

Ebernoe Common National Nature Reserve is part of a UK-wide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees dedicated to Her Majesty in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee

Willand Wood and The Warren

Willand Wood and The Warren

Thanks to some incredibly generous legacies, a successful appeal and some very good timing, we have been able to expand our Ebernoe Common nature reserve