Iping and Stedham Commons

Iping and Stedham Commons represent some of the best that this scarce heathland habitat can offer. As rich in atmosphere as it is in wildlife.

Iping and Stedham Common Nature Reserve is situated just west of Midhurst and is one of the best examples of lowland heathland in Sussex. Its extensive 125ha is mostly owned by Sussex Wildlife Trust and also now includes Trotton Common and Bridgelands Plantation. It is a great place to see some of the amazing wildlife that can only be found on this declining habitat. Over 80% of lowland heath has been lost from the UK in the last couple of centuries. On top of this the UK has 20% of the world’s lowland heath making the total area rarer than tropical rainforests.

Works on the nature reserve ride network - 10 January 2024

There is a tractor cutting the ride network on both Iping and Stedham, and we ask that people put their dogs on lead when visiting and that they make sure the operator has seen them before approaching. The work in part of fire management of fire breaks and through cut n collecting the material we are creating opportunity for prior heather which is the food plant of Silver-studded Blue butterfly.

Update 24 January 2024: We are now part way through the works, and waiting for ground conditions to improve before moving the remaining materials. Any damages to the surfaces will be smothered out when ground conditions allow.

Hoping works to be completed by end of February 2024.

Heathland Restoration work
Heathland Restoration work is carried out on Iping and Stedham Commons mostly during the winter. This can include the use of chainsaws or other machinery to clear small birch and pine trees. This allows rarer heathland plants to re-establish themselves.

Please follow any instructions and keep dogs on a lead near the work areas. Thank you for your co-operation.

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Reserve size:
125 hectares

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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.

Heathland Dragonflies at Stedham and Iping Commons

Heathland Dragonflies at Stedham and Iping Commons

As part of the Heathland Sculpture Trail that connects the heathlands within the South Downs National Park, a sculpture dedicated to the specialist heathland dragonflies has been erected at Stedham Common.