Nature conservation is about managing countryside sites for the benefit of all wildlife.

We have a network of different habitats valuable to wildlife across the district.

Such as:

  • Woodlands
  • Hedgerows
  • Meadows
  • Ponds
  • Streams
  • Rivers
  • Parks and gardens

Countryside Rangers

All conservation areas are patrolled by the rangers.

The Rangers are here to help you. They wear uniforms and carry official ID.

On conservation sites they:

  • Work with the local community and conservation groups
  • Promote and encourage proper use of facilities
  • Manage healthy walks across Mid Sussex
  • Deal with dog control issues, vandalism and some antisocial behaviour
  • Inspect sites and facilities to keep them up to shape
  • Carry out risk assessments 
  • Give help and advice
  • Investigate incidents and accidents

Nature Conservation Sites

Nature Conservation sites in Mid Sussex

East Grinstead

Ashplats Wood
Please take a look at our East Court & Ashplats wood page for more information.

Farm Close Meadows, Farm Close
A sloping site with grassland meadows, scrub and a pond. It also features a public footpath which offers good links to the countryside.

Herons Ghyll, Herontye Drive
A small sloping site with woodland and five ponds.


Eastern Road Local Nature Reserve, Eastern Road
Woodland, scrub rough grassland with mature trees and a pond.

Haywards Heath

Scrase Valley Local Nature Reserve - between Lindfield and Haywards Heath
A stream, woodland and rare wet meadow.

Blunts Wood and Paiges Meadows Local Nature Reserve, Blunts Wood Road.
Deciduous woodland, meadows, ancient hedges and wetlands.

Ashenground and Bolnore Woods Local Nature Reserve - west of the railway line, Bolnore.
Pockets of woodland including Catts Wood to the west of the village. For more information please visit the Friends of Ashenground and Bolnore Woods website.

Burgess Hill

Burgess Hill has a network of conservation sites around the town known as Burgess Hill Green Circle. For more information please visit the Friends of Burgess Hill Green Circle or Burgess Hill Town Council websites.

Bedelands Farm Local Nature Reserve, Maple Drive - next to the playing fields at Leylands Park.
Woodland, scrub, grassland meadows, hedges and ponds. It is a Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI). Valebridge Meadow was designated a Coronation Meadow in 2013.

Green Crescent - a continuous arc to the west and south of Jane Murray Way
Linked by public footpaths and bridleways with links to wider countryside.


From Pangdean Lane meadows in the north
Through Malthouse Lane Meadows
And down to Hammonds Ridge and Nightingale Lane meadows to the south

Along the way you’ll see mature specimen trees in meadows, newly planted woodland, hedgerows and ponds.

Contact us

Tel: 01444-477579

Last updated: 04 June 2024