Nature Reserves near Steyning and Brighton are open all year and provide a great opportunity to see local wildlife.
Woods Mill Nature Reserve
The nearest reserve to Steyning is at Woods Mill; BN5 9SD. A 12 minute drive by car; a 15 minute ride on the 100 bus (Mon to Sat).
This is the headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust and an environmental education centre. You can walk past the old ponds and lake, through the ancient woodland, alongside the streams and waterways into the unimproved meadows with their wild hedgerows – habitats all within its 47 acres.
This variety of habitat attracts an impressive number of species including mammals, insects, amphibians and birds.
Woods Mill Nature Reserve is open throughout the year, with a car park, bike racks and toilets. There is no charge but donations are welcome.
Arundel Wildfowl and Wetland Centre
I love the Wildfowl and Wetland Centre in Arundel. It is home to a collection of over 50 species of wildfowl from around the world in natural settings, including Dalmatian pelicans with a 10 foot wingspan!
The reserve has excellent boat rides and an amazing reed bed boardwalk. The eight hides bring you close to Sussex wildlife like kingfishers and sand martins.
The centre and café are open all year (except Xmas Day). Free parking. 15 miles from Steyning – a 30 minute drive.
Another local reserve is the RSPB centre at Pulborough Brooks. Also close by and a great place for a day out!
Find out more about Pulborough Brooks.
Seaford Head Nature Reserve
Seaford Head is the best place to enjoy stunning views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley. A short walk from the car park at South Hill Barn you can see one of the most spectacular views of the Seven Sisters, an undulating line of chalk cliffs.
This is the closest to Brighton of the nature reserves listed above.