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.

Ebernoe Common Nature Reserve is free to visit, but we are only able to care for Ebernoe Common with the support we receive from our members. Please consider becoming a member today.

Nightingale singing at Ebernoe Common

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

In this section

Reserve profile

Dogs

What you might see

Getting around

Grazing

News

The Turtle Dove

The Turtle Dove

Hear the sweet song of summer. The Turtle Dove, a charming migratory bird, found in Sussex each summer. This delicate dove is a symbol of love and devotion, celebrated in literature and song. Find out how to spot this elusive bird and help protect its vital habitat.

Volunteers reminisce, part 1. The joy of Ebernoe

Volunteers reminisce, part 1. The joy of Ebernoe

In the second of a series of three blogs about volunteering for the Trust, we hear from retiring Ebernoe volunteer, Mary Travers. Huge thanks to Mary for all her incredible volunteering work for the Trust over the years.

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.

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