Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Warnham LNR 2019
Saturday walk

Date: Saturday 9 March 2019 at 10:00

Details:

On a rather windy, but luckily dry day, 11 people met at Warnham LNR. The first time the group has visited this site.

On arrival we went through the main entrance and paid our £2 entrance fee. The very small Tern hide by the visitor centre gave good views of a kingfisher, tufted ducks and teal.

Moving on, passed the hen coop to the Aston Trelford hide further round the lake. Here we saw little grebe, great crested grebe and cormorants. We then strolled on to the Woodpecker hide where there were bird feeders and saw siskin, chaffinch, long-tailed tit, coal tit and reed bunting. There was also a squirrel, a brown rat and a field vole for those interested in mammals.

Further round, the wooded area below the golf course is very wet so there are raised board walks which are very good. Lots of dead wood resulted in interesting fungi. We then moved on to the last hide, Sandpiper, passing treecreepers on the way. The hide looks out over very wet marshy ground, with some British white cattle grazing on very poor pasture.

There was no sign of any snipe but we saw goldfinch and siskin in the very tall conifer behind the sandpiper hide. Walking back towards the main centre we tried the Butterfly Rides and Walnut Plantation areas, but did not see much more because of the strong wind. The total number of species seen was 36.

The herons have decided to move; the heronry is now further back from the lake and no longer visible from the public paths.

I think the overall opinion was that it is a fairly good site. We could have seen as many bird species nearer home but there were good paths suitable for wheelchairs. I would visit again if passing.

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Warnham LNR, 9/3/2019, sunny intervals

Teal

Mallard

Pochard

Tufted Duck

Pheasant

Cormorant

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Sparrowhawk

Common Buzzard

Moorhen

Coot

Black-headed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Wood Pigeon

Kingfisher

Kestrel

Magpie

Jay

Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Treecreeper

Wren

Blackbird

Robin

Dunnock

Chaffinch

Goldfinch

Siskin

Reed Bunting

36 Bird Species seen

Other Wildlife

Field Vole

Brown Rat

Grey Squirrel

Roe Deer

Fox

Bee

Scarlet Elf Cap mushroom

Turkey Tail mushroom

British White cattle (domestic)

Chickens (domestic)

Harvest Mouse (captive bred)

11 People

 
---- Original Programme Information ----

Warnham LNR
Warnham LNR (photo by Ayla Paul)

Warnham LNR, Warnham Rd, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2RA.   OS TQ167323
North-west of Horsham on the B2237 (just off the A24). Lat/Long 51.0785, -0.3355

Click here for a map of the car park location

Meet at 10.00 am when the car park opens.

The entrance charge is £2 per person.

Facilities include -

  • Four lakeside hides, woodland hide, feeding station, extensive boardwalks
  • Visitor centre with information, gallery, camera feeds, books, bird seed and a Harvest Mice Vivarium
  • Toilets
  • Heron's Rest Café for drinks and small snacks

The reserve contains a lake, ponds, reed beds, a scrape, marshes, a brook, meadows, hedges and woodland. A walk around this compact reserve is about two miles.

Expect to see siskin, thrushes, heronry and water fowl.

Click here for the Friends of Warnham LNR website

Recent sightings may be found at horsham-wildlife.blogspot.co.uk