The Loder Valley Reserve at Wakehurst Place
Opened in 1980, the focus of the Loder Valley Nature Reserve is on conservation of the plants and animals of the High Weald of Sussex. In the Reserve there are three main habitats - woodland, wetland and meadowland
2010 was the 30th anniversary of the Loder Valley, a 149 acre nature reserve which forms part of the Wakehurst estate. The reserve is rich in animal and plant life, with over 100 species of birds, 30 species of butterfly, including the magnificent purple emperor, over 300 species of wild plants, and mammals including badgers, dormice and yellow-necked mice. A new bird hide has been opened this month in Hanging Meadow as part of the celebrations.
Wildlife Highlights: Marsh tit and willow tit, kingfishers and badgers (from special hides, photography is restricted) and Purple emperor butterflies.
Entry: Entry to the reserve is by permit only to protect the wildlife, and daily visitor numbers are limited, for more details visit the website www.kew.org or call 01444 894067.
Location: Wakehurst Place is on the B2028 just south of Turners Hill and East Grinstead, and north of the village of Ardingly and The South of England Agricultural Showground.
Prices 2010: Adults £10.75, children (under 17) FREE
Opening times: Wakehurst Place opens at 10am every day except 24/25 December.
These maps are intended as a guideline only; you must check the exact location of the reserve yourself. Wildlife Extra assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or usefulness of the information on this website.