Our Reserves

The Site lies on chalk and, therefore, within the grassland it supports a good range of chalk-loving plants including orchids, eyebright, hemp agrimony, vetches, treffoils and herbs.
A thin layer of acidic soil, over the chalk in small patches, supports a limited chalk heath community with wood sage, ling (heather), broom and gorse. Of special note is the presence of columbine (the wild form of Aquilegia), a plant only occasionally found on chalk in woodland. The scrub is varied too - you will find spindle, buckthorn, wild roses and honeysuckle.
This plant community supports a wonderful array of butterflies, although 2012 did not made surviving easy for them. The lack of warm sunshine during their expected flight period was disappointing. However, there were some surprises. The long, warm summer of 2013 has seen a dramatic increase in butterfly numbers and a wide range of species.

 Bowley's Field

To the north of the South Downs Wayopposite Long Meadow.


 Long Meadow

Our first reserve, acquired by the Trust in 1983, situated 
on the south side of the South Downs Way


 Scott's Corner

   A small north facing reserve that has Cowslips in the Spring and         has been home to the Duke of Burgundy butterfly - we are
seeking to promote its return.


 Paterson

A warm south facing Reserve. Largely unexplored, with a mix of habitats. Home to the Hazel Dormouse.


Parish A

   This is a small area and one of our main archaeological sites            with, on the Western side, a Bell barrow 15 metres in diameter, and, on the Eastern side, a Bowl barrow 20 metres in diameter.

  

Dimmer

Our latest acquisition. It is continuing to open up the wildlife    corridor along the top of the Downs, joining up with Heyshott Down, which is managed by the Murray Downland Trust.



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