Corporate report

West Sussex's National Nature Reserves

Published 2 August 2013

Ebernoe Common

Ebernoe Common is a large wooded common in West Sussex.

Main habitats: wood pasture

Area: 75.9 ha

Management: Ebernoe Common NNR is owned and managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Further information about the NNR, its wildlife and how to visit can be found on the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Ebernoe Common web page.


Email: Contact form on the Sussex Wildlife Trust website
Telephone: 01273 492630

Kingley Vale

The reserve contains one of the finest yew forests in western Europe, including a grove of ancient trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain.

Main habitats: yew woodland and lowland chalk grassland

Features of interest

Kingley Vale is known for its twisted and ancient yews and includes a grove of veteran trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain. Several are at least 500 years old, with the oldest measuring more than 5 metres in girth.

It also has superb chalk grassland and is one of the most important archaeological sites in southern England, with 14 scheduled ancient monuments.

Look out for green woodpeckers, as well as red kites and buzzards. Breeding birds at Kingley Vale include the nightingale, grasshopper warbler, blackcap, marsh tit and green woodpecker. Buzzards are often seen, along with other birds of prey including kestrel, sparrowhawk, hobby (in summer), red kite and tawny owl.

Of the 58 species of butterfly that breed in England, 39 have been recorded at Kingley Vale, including chalkhill blue, holly blue and brimstone.

In addition to the chalk-loving plants like birds foot trefoil, kidney vetch and fairy flax, there are 11 different species of orchid at the reserve including bee, common spotted, frog and fly orchids.

The terrain is steep and difficult in places and not suitable for wheelchairs.

For more details see the site information leaflet


The nearest train station is Chichester, about three miles (5 kilometres) away.

There is no bus link to the reserve.

Leave the A286 at Mid Lavant and continue west along Downs Road until West Stoke. Continue through West Stoke passing the church, take the next right hand turn on the sharp bend and the car park is located just after the turn.

School and community groups

There is a Forest School that school groups can book. Contact the reserve manager for details.


For information about the reserve contact 0300 060 6000 or email