Knepp Estate animal sign
Brighton and Sussex

Rewilding at the Knepp Estate

Rewilding at the Knepp Estate, just south of Horsham, West Sussex, began in 2001. Their aim is to establish an ecosystem where nature has as much freedom as possible.  Rare species  E.g. Nightingales and purple emperor butterflies, now breed here and numbers of common species have increased substantially.

As you enter the estate the sign indicates some of the animals you could see: Red and fallow deer, Exmoor ponies, Longhorn cattle and Tamworth pigs, all of which all roam freely in large herds throughout the grounds.

white stork knebb estate

Knepp has recently been successful in having white storks nest and bring up their young. White storks lived in the area many years ago, with name of the local town Storrington being based on ‘stork’. On my visit, last June, we saw storks nesting with their chicks in three different places!

Public Footpaths

There are well marked public footpaths of different lengths, that you can follow around the site.

knepp estate footpath

Go up the tree platforms to enjoy panoramic views and a close-up of life in the canopy.

You can use the walkers’ car park opposite the entrance (suggested donation £5). We were given maps and helped to identify a suitable length route there.

knepp estate stork cafeAfter you finish exploring you can stop off for refreshments at the ‘Stork Cafe‘!

Safari Trips

Knepp usually offer half day trips in one of their jeeps.  Your ‘safari’ will take you to the current ‘hot spots’ of natural interest. You are likely to come across some of their large herbivores!  Birds are also present in huge numbers all year round.

knepp estate poolYou may be able to check trail cameras for their more secretive residents like foxes, badgers, hedgehogs, weasels and stoats or stop for a species count at some of their wildlife ‘refugia’s to discover numbers of slow-worms, grass-snakes, toads, field-mice and voles.

Knepp is in Dial Post, which is just a 10-15 minute drive from Steyning

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