The main habitats found here are broad-leaved woodland, a stream and meadows. A number of paths lead through the meadow and woodland, which makes for a pleasant circular walk. Grattons Pond, where water birds, dragonflies and damselflies can be seen, is reached by crossing Grattons Playing Field to the east.
Masses of bluebells, lesser celandine, wild daffodils, primrose and wild garlic are found in the woods in spring. The bird community includes great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, tree creeper, chiffchaff and long-tailed tits. A path follows the course of the Gatwick Stream, which although it has been canalised for part of its course, has a natural profile as it meanders through the wood. Kingfishers and herons can sometimes be seen hunting for the many fish that inhabit this stream.
The meadows contain plants such as musk mallow, black knapweed, St. John's-wort, ladies' bedstraw, bird's foot trefoil and common spotted orchid. Butterflies, bees, grasshoppers and many other invertebrates can been seen in the summer months.
The site is managed as a Local Nature Reserve with the assistance of the Gatwick GreenSpace Partnership. Work carried out on this site includes hazel coppicing, and the removal of invasive Rhododendron ponticum and laurel.
Combine your visit with the Grattons Park and Worth Way walk .
Help with the maintenance of this site, become a volunteer with Gatwick GreenSpace Partnership .
Grattons Park is part of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, operated by Fields in Trust , a campaign to protect outdoor recreational spaces in communities all across the country as a permanent living legacy of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Six outdoor spaces in Crawley were chosen to become part of the scheme – one for each decade of the Queen’s reign.
Access is via the car park on St. Mary's Drive, by the railway bridge, or the playing fields at Grattons Drive.
Ordnance Survey grid reference: TQ 290382
Nearest bus stop: Grattons Drive, route 4 and 5
Neighbourhood: Pound Hill
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