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Tilgate Golf Course Local Nature Reserve

The Local Nature Reserve lies at the northeast corner of the golf course and comprises blocks of conifer and broad-leaved woodland plantation, together with an area of heathland and acid grassland underneath the line of pylons.

What to see

The plantations are of Scot’s pine, red oak, beech and Western Hemlock. Natural areas of woodland contain birch, oak and hazel with sallow and aspen in the wetter areas. There are a few small ponds which attract many dragonflies and damselflies.

The site is most important for the nationally scarce heathland habitat that occurs on the wide ride underneath the power lines. This sunny open habitat is particularly valuable for invertebrates and reptiles. Common lizards, slow worms, grass snakes and adders can be found basking in dry sunny areas.

In contrast, the surrounding woodlands are alive with woodpeckers, blue tits, long-tailed tits, coal tits, siskins, goldfinches and goldcrests. In summer large numbers of wood ants can be seen be seen making their way too and from their mounded nests.

For more information see the 2010 site report and species list .

Things to do

Combine your visit with a circular walk around Furnace Green .

Help to manage this site, become a volunteer with Gatwick GreenSpace Partnership .

How to get here

This site can be accessed from Tilgate Golf Course, from Maidenbower via the pedestrian rail bridge, and from Furnace Green via Rosamund Road.

Map of Crawley Nature Conservation Areas

Ordnance Survey grid reference: TQ 287353

Nearest bus stop: Furnace Parade, numbers 2, 272 and 273. Matthews Drive, route 100.

Neighbourhood: Furnace Green

  

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Crawley
West Sussex RH10 1UZ

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