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

Postcode:
GU28 9LD
Grid ref:
SU975278
Reserve size:
157 hectares

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Rewilding Butcherlands

Rewilding Butcherlands

Butcherlands is reclaimed arable land under conversion back to woodland. It is now a rich mosaic of grassland and scrub, home to Nightingales, Whitethroat and Wood White butterflies

Three nature reserves to visit this spring

Three nature reserves to visit this spring

Spring is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore what nature has to offer. Our nature reserves are free to visit, and we’ve chosen three which are fantastic for wildlife in the spring.

How to ID fungus course

How to ID fungus course

Matt Rich, Ranger, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve went on a How to ID Fungus course. He tells us more about what he learned

Forest Copse Appeal: You did it!

Forest Copse Appeal: You did it!

A massive thank you to everyone who has supported our Forest Copse appeal. You have helped us raise £110,000 to buy three fields adjoining the northern edge of our Ebernoe Common nature reserve.