Ancells Farm Nature Reserve

Ancells Farm Nature Reserve © Kevin Fackrell

Ancells Farm Nature Reserve © Kevin Fackrell

A special reserve home to a rich variety of wildlife


GU51 2XF

OS Map Reference

SU 824 557
A static map of Ancells Farm Nature Reserve

Know before you go

12 hectares

Entry fee

Donations welcome

Parking information

Parking for two vehicles on tarmac slope at entrance to reserve. Additional parking available at Ancells Community Centre.

Bicycle parking

Not suitable for bicycles.

Grazing animals


Walking trails

A short, gravelled path around a small section of the site leading to the boardwalk by the pond.


A gravelled path leading to the boardwalk by the pond. The rest of site is wet heath.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

June to September to see lizards on the boardwalk, sundews on the scrapes, dragonflies and damselflies hunting over the pond and beautiful flowering orchids.

About the reserve

Ancells Farm nature reserve is a site of special scientific interest, renowned for its great varieties of flora and fauna. Dainty stonechats and the delightfully fragrant bog myrtle are abundant all year round, and during the spring and summer the reserve comes to life with glittering clouds of dragonflies and damselflies. Newts, toads and frogs are also a common sight.

The abundance of flying insects makes the reserve a popular feeding spot for bats, which can be seen darting through the air on warm summer evenings.

Ancells Farm supports a multiplicity of wildlife that is wonderful to see, but if you plan to visit, please take care as this nature reserve is sensitive to disturbance.

Contact us

Richard Hennessey
Contact number: 01256 381190

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map