Copythorne Common Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Entry feeDonations welcome
Parking informationParking available outside Copythorne school
Grazing animalsCattle and ponies
There is one foot path across the site. Paths are unsurfaced and can be slippery when wet.
Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitVisit in spring to see the wealth of insect life supported by this reserve.
About the reserve
Copythorne Common nature reserve is a site brimming with history, with dips and hollows created by the US army prior to D-Day scattered liberally around. Here you will see what remains of the soldiers' slit trenches, as well as where the troops dug their tank into the ground.
This reserve is a mixture of dry heath and acid grassland, home to a variety of reptiles including common lizards, slow worms and adders. On warm days, you may see them basking in the sun. It is also a great place to hear the flute-like song of woodlarks and the cheerful chattering of long-tailed tits. The reserve is currently in mid-transformation, and is being restored to heathland.