This site has formal parkland areas, a small golf course and semi-natural habitats. The mixture of grassland, woodland, a large pond and hedgerows, provides habitat for a good range of wildlife in this urban setting.
In the northwest corner of the site, separated from the golf course by the wooded Goffs Lane, is the “conservation area”. This is a sheltered, sunny habitat valuable to a range of wildlife, especially grassland invertebrates, small mammals and birds. The meadow is full of plants such as birds-foot-trefoil, great willowherb, tufted vetch and common knapweed which attract bees and butterflies, and on warm days is full of the sound of grasshoppers and crickets.
In the areas uncut grassland around the model railway track and golf-course ‘roughs’, plants such as common spotted orchid, common knapweed, bugle, hoary ragwort, and common sorrel occur.
The ornamental pond in the centre of the park is home to Canada geese, moorhen, mallards and mandarin ducks. The adjacent woodland has hornbeam coppice stools, field maple and oak, with ancient woodland ground flora such as wood anemone, bluebell, moschatel, and goldilocks buttercup. Green and great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and tree creeper can be seen here. You may also catch a glimpse of a sparrowhawk.
Combine your visit with the Old Crawley Walk
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Goffs Park accessed from Horsham Road, Southgate, where there is a car park. It is a short walk from the Town Centre.
Ordnance Survey grid reference: TQ 262364
Nearest bus stop: Horsham Road, Route 6
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