AMBERLEY WILDBROOKS – RSPB/Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserve During winter floods many wildfowl can be seen plus spectacular and rare wetlands plants and insects especially dragonflies. CCV help with deer fencing, erecting gates and stiles and clearing trees and scrub from the rifes.
Directions: A29 towards Pulborough, at Coldwaltham turn right towards Greatham. Continue to Greatham Bridge and cross over taking track on right after about 250 metres going south. Pass Bridge Cottages on the right and then take right fork, track runs high above river with trees to right. Pass Lime Kiln Cottage and turn left to the meeting point. GR SU031163. RH20 2ES
Varied ancient wood pasture with ponds, streams, meadows and reclaimed arable land under conversion back to woodland. A good spot to hear nightingales and home to 14 of the 16 British bat species. Our tasks here are meadow management, scrub and bracken control to allow wild daffodils to flourish.
Directions: Take A285 through Petworth and go north for 3 miles then take right turn signposted Ebernoe. Continue on this minor road for about a mile, cross the cricket pitch and look for red telephone box on left and shortly after this a sign to the church and car park on right. GR SU974277. GU28 9LD
From Chichester take A285 Petworth road and north of the town take right turn signposted Kirdford and Balls Cross. After about 2 miles turn left into Pipers Lane immediately after The Stag Inn and follow this road for a mile to Hilland Farm which is signposted on the right. Turn into the farm track and park on one of the grassy lay-bys. GU28 9JH
The Murray Downland Trust’s reserve at Heyshott Escarpment is known for many things not least some of the most stunning views across West Sussex. The chalk grassland, scrub areas and adjacent woodland support a fantastically rich flora and fauna. CCV help with the Trust’s landscape management programme. We help create the right habitat for Duke of Burgundy butterflies and many orchid species to flourish.
Directions: Take the A286 north from Chichester and after Cocking take the turning on the right signposted Graffham and Heyshott. About a mile and a half further on take the right turn to Heyshott. Follow the road through the village and when it bends sharply to the left you will find Gaben Business Centre car park on the right GR SU900177. GU29 0DP
LAVINGTON AND GRAFFHAM COMMONS
National Trust and Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserves
Lavington Common is a rare survivor of an open landscape that once stretched across the Weald. A lowland heath rich in lichens, mosses and liverworts. Heathers flourish here providing shelter and breeding grounds for reptiles and heathland insects. CCV help with birch control and keeping paths open. At Graffham Common there is a pine plantation which is being restored to heathland. Our work involves pine pulling and scrub clearance.
Directions: Take the A285 in the direction of Petworth. Half a mile past Duncton take left turn towards Graffham. Continue for one mile and after sharp bend the Lavington Common car park entrance is on the right. GR SU949187. For Graffham Common, continue a further mile to a crossroads. Continue straight over for a mile and meeting place for the eastern section is on the left. GR SU938195. For the western section, continue along this road to a junction just beyond South Heath. Turn left and continue for half a mile passing Milborough House until you reach an area for parking on the right just before Greenwood Cottage. GR SU930192. Graffham Common – GU28 0PD, Lavington Common – GU28 0QN
LEVIN DOWN – Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserve
A superb example of chalk grassland and scrub, a SSSI with its rare chalk heath habitat. Many butterflies including green and brown hairstreaks and blues. Chalk grassland flowers such as clustered bellflower, fragrant orchid plus juniper. We regularly see buzzards and red kites. CCV help with scrub clearance on winter Sundays, often with a warming bonfire and also minor clearance on summer evenings.
Directions: Take the A286 north from Chichester and turn right in Singleton village towards Charlton. At the crossroads at the beginning of Charlton village park on the left or right. GU SU885130. PO18 0HU
THE MENS – Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserve
A large wild area of ancient woodland in the low weald, a SSSI and SAC. There are also flower rich meadows which we help to manage by scrub and bracken clearance.
Directions: From Petworth take the A272 in the direction of Wisborough Green. After 3 miles the road goes downhill to a crossroads and a sign for Hawkhurst Court. Some way down this minor road turn right at crossroads onto private road for Hawkhurst Court. Take the route to the left of buildings, straight on at junction and down the track to a bridge, then up to two cottages and roadside parking. GR TQ023235. RH14 0HS
Privately owned, environmentally friendly sheep farm near the coast, managed in a sustainable way with wildlife in mind, plus eco-campsite. Over 72 species of birds have been recorded. CCV have planted new hedges and laid existing ones.
Directions: Take A286 Witterings road and at Birdham roundabout take the B2198 towards East Wittering for one mile. As the road bends right then left look for minor turning on the right Tile Barn Lane. Enter the lane and shortly turn left down unmade road towards the farm. GR SZ805977. PO20 8PJ
WOOLBEDING COMMON AND OLDER HILL – heathland owned by the National Trust
Woolbeding Common is lowland heath supporting rare birds such as woodlark and nightjar. Reptiles thrive here among heather and gorse together with specialist insects such as long horned beetles. Grazing by traditional hardy breeds maintains diverse, high quality habitats. Our help is needed with birch and pine clearance to maintain the open heathland as well s re-building the drystone walls around Woolbeding Common.
Directions: A272 from Midhurst in the direction of Petersfield. Pass the Half Moon pub and take the second turning on the right; the signpost reads Woolbeding, Redford, and Linch. Follow the road to Woolbeding village. Follow the road to the left from Woolbeding village for about 2 miles, passing Bramblings farm on the left. Look out for the NT’s base at Pound Common Cottages on your left. If you get to Pound Farm on the right, you will have missed it. GR SU868241. GU29 0QB
RIVER ROTHER Postal code – GU29 9RR
AMBERLEY MUSEUM Postal code – BN18 9LT
Dry stone walling