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.
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.
Combine your visit with a circular walk around Furnace Green .
Help to manage this site, become a volunteer with Gatwick GreenSpace Partnership .
This site can be accessed from Tilgate Golf Course, from Maidenbower via the pedestrian rail bridge, and from Furnace Green via Rosamund Road.
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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