Ebernoe Common

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

Ebernoe Common is a superb example of a Low Weald woodland with a history of traditional use. For centuries it was wood pasture, where commoners would turn out their cattle or pigs to graze and browse on young trees and scrub, beech mast and acorns, or on the grassy meadows in clearings.

The Sussex Wildlife Trust purchased 75 hectares of the reserve in 1980 when much of the woodland was under threat of destruction. At that time many of the glades and rides had become overgrown with rank grasses and bracken, but repeated mowing and raking by volunteers has seen the return of a rich and varied flora: devil’s-bit scabious, adder’s-tongue fern and many orchids.

Butcher's broom at Ebernoe Common

Current volunteering opportunities

News from Ebernoe Common

    • Saturday Hit Squad volunteers

      Saturday Hit Squad volunteers

      Saturday Hit Squad Christmas elves were working hard at Ebernoe Common clearing holly. We will be back in action on Saturday 7th January. If you would like to join them please contact Sarah Quantrill
    • 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.

    • When the rot set in

      When the rot set in

      Rare deadwood beetle at Ebernoe Common shows the value of decaying wood

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