Warnham Local Nature Reserve’s latest attraction was officially declared open on Friday (1 November) with the help of woodland celebrity The Gruffalo.
The Reserve’s new Discovery Trail, designed for visitors of all ages, follows the paths and boardwalks that surround the Reserve’s millpond. It is packed with information about the wildlife, flora and fauna that call the Reserve home. There are stories from the site’s history, as well as a host of fun facts designed to appeal to all ages.
Our younger visitors have the chance to become ‘Junior Trail Detectives’ by completing the trail, finding six hidden rubbing plates and completing the quizzes and puzzles all aimed at providing a fun introduction to the life on the Reserve and inspiring the next generation to learn about how to protect it.
Additionally, as part of the Trail there are two special new sculptures: the Bat Bothy and the Tri-Helix which were both created as part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 ‘Field Notes from Warnham’ project, leaving a lasting legacy of the year of celebrations.
Special woodland celebrity visitor, The Gruffalo, was at the site to help with proceedings and welcome the visitors.
The Discovery Trail forms an initial part of a larger project, the Discovery Hub Project, which is being partly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development who support investment in public recreational infrastructure.
The Discovery Hub and the creation of a Shelley themed garden at the entrance to the Reserve will be opened in 2020.
With a long history of being biodiversity rich, Warnham Local Nature Reserve is one of the most significant sites in the county for wildlife and flora. The Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre positions the Reserve in third place in terms of being species rich due to the wide range of habitats that are nurtured there.