High Weald

fore woodIntroduction: A glorious and peaceful woodland, owned and managed by the RSPB, with fascinating gills – steep-sided ravines cut into the sandstone geology – where rare ferns grow.

Location: 1.5 miles to south of Battle, East Sussex, with pedestrian access from the village of Crowhurst.

What can I do? Explore the path network around the Wood, passing through gills, over streams and past woodland in active coppice management.

What can I see? In spring, the Wood is a mass of bluebells and wood anemones, with early purple orchids also present. In summer, butterflies such as silver-washed fritillaries and white admirals flutter around the paths and areas of coppice, and demoiselle dragonflies can be seen flying around the woodland. Come autumn, many different fungi can be seen.

What can I hear? Some of the key woodland bird species you might hear on the site include chaffinch, marsh tit, great spotted woodpecker and nuthatch.

early purple orchidGrid Reference: TQ757128(OS Map)
OS Map: 199
Opening times: Open at all times
Prices: Free
Dogs allowed: Dogs are allowed on the reserve but must be kept strictly under control.

Terrain: Can be muddy, so stout footwear is recommended

Nearest train station: Crowhurst, 0.7 miles
Nearest NCN route: Route 2, 3.7 miles to south between Bexhill and Hastings.

Where can I park? Small car park at village hall

Where can I get further information: Please see the RSPB's website