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10 Nature Spots in Sussex

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South Downs National Park
South Downs National Park © Rob Farrow (cc-by-sa/2.0)

1. Kingley Vale (Chichester)

This beautiful forest nestled a few miles from Chichester City has a grove of ancient trees, estimated to be among the oldest living things in the world! Here you can find lots of interesting twisty trees and rare birds. Find out more

Kingley Vale Chichester
Kingley Vale Photo © Jim Champion (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Arundel Wetlands Centre WWT
Arundel Wetlands Centre © Nigel Mykura (cc-by-sa/2.0)

2. WWT Arundel Wetland Centre

Visit here if you like seeing interesting birds and other wildlife such as voles in their natural habitat. You can also gain insight into the wildlife by talking to the helpful staff and volunteers of this WWT Centre. Find out more

3. Sheffield Park & Garden (Uckfield)

This beautiful large landscape garden and park has four lakes in the centre, with paths circulating through the glades and wooded areas. This place looks like a dream! Especially beautiful in autumn when the trees burst out into bright colours. Find out more

Sheffield Park, East Sussex
Sheffield Park in autumn © Marathon (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex
Benbow Lake at Cowdray Park © Maigheach-gheal (cc-by-sa/2.0)

4. Cowdray Park (Midhurst)

In the heart of the South Downs National Park, lies Cowdray Estate, a beautiful place to stop along the A272. Benbow Pond covers 16 acres and has over 140 types of trees. It’s also a haven for wildlife and contains a memorial temple. Find out more

5. Sumners Ponds (Horsham)

A unique, tranquil spot nestled in the Sussex countryside, this is a lovely camping area. There is a camping site with many different types of accommodation to stay in – or just take your own tent and camp out under the stars! Find out more

Sumners Ponds, Horsham, West Sussex
Glamping at Sumners Ponds (c) www.sumnersponds.co.uk
Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve, West Sussex
Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve © P L Chadwick (cc-by-sa/2.0)

6. Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve

This glorious nature reserve is an internationally important wetland site for wildlife. There are a lot of beautiful wild birds to watch, and is a lovely, peaceful place to go for a stroll. You can also see some amazing sunsets! Find out more

7. Seven Sisters Country Park

This had to be on our list, as it contains the UK’s highest chalk cliff, Beachy Head. Come here to have a windy walk and see the iconic lighthouse. It is definitely a very picturesque area, so make sure to take a camera. Find out more

Seven Sisters Country Park, Eastbourne, East Sussex
Seven Sisters Country Park © Philip Halling (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Woods Mill, West Sussex
Woods Mill Nature Reserve © Simon Carey (cc-by-sa/2.0)

8. Woods Mill

The headquarters of Sussex Wildlife Trust, this nature reserve is also an environmental education centre. Situated in Henfield, you can experience a variety of different habitats here; from ancient woodland to old lakes, waterways to meadows. Find out more

9. Alexandra Park

There is so much to see and do here; birdwatching is a popular activity due to the diverse wild birds flying about. There’s also a boating lake, adventure playground, flower garden, and a miniature railway! Find out more

Alexandra Park, East Sussex
Alexandra Park © N Chadwick (cc-by-sa/2.0)
South Downs National Park, Sussex
South Downs National Park © Rob Farrow (cc-by-sa/2.0)

10. South Downs National Park

As this encompasses us and stretches all the way from one side of Sussex to the other, this had to be on our list. You can see some breathtaking views, diverse landscapes, and spot some rare wildlife. Find out more