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Open vistas of heather, with areas of pine woodland, set in the Ashdown Forest


This Local Nature Reserve is set in the middle of the much larger Ashdown Forest. Heathland, acidic ponds and wonderful views across the Forest.


location map
nature reserve map (pdf)
town: Crowborough
postcode: TN22 3JD
grid ref: TQ469306
lat long: N 51.056396
E 0.095414


76 hectares

Further information

Nature Reserve guide entry (pdf)

Species Recording Form

Nearest cycle networks to this nature reserve

Weald Forest Ridge Landscape Partnership Scheme

Nearby Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserves

Brickfield Meadow

Eridge Rocks

Getting around

The reserve is on the west side of the B2026 between Maresfield and Hartfield, about a third of a mile north of the junction with the B2188 at Kings Standing. Access is directly from the small car park. There is a well-marked nature trail which leads around most of the reserve. There are steep slopes and wide unsurfaced paths and steps at the entrance to this 76 hectare nature reserve.

Dogs must be kept on a short, fixed lead, between 1st January till 30th September and when livestock are present.

What you can see

Acid water-loving dragonflies; nightjar, redstart, woodcock, tree pipit and stonechat.

stonechat by Hugh Clark

Ray Mears visits Old Lodge as part of his Wild Britain series

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