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Ardingly Reservoir
LNR Type: Rural
County: West Sussex
Natural England
Regional Team:
South East
Year of Declaration: 1998
Declaring Authority: West Sussex County Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: TQ 331295
Location: Ardingly, West Sussex. RH17 6SQ
Owned by: South East Water
Managed by: South East Water, northern section managed by the Loder Valley Reserve, Kew Gardens - this is outside the LNR designation
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: Situated off the B2028, Haywards Heath to Ardingly Road. Follow the signs to the reservoir.
Train: Nearest station, Balcombe.
Visitor facilities: Leaflet for nature walk around the reservoir.
Car park, two bird hides, public toilets (including disabled), sailing centre, picnic area, fishing lodge.
Bridleway around part of the site for horseriding and cycling.
What to see: Wetland, reedbed, deciduous woodland, hazel coppice and haymeadow. Good for autumn and spring bird migrations.
Great crested grebe and kingfishers nest on site. Biodiversity Action Plan species include barn owl, osprey, various bat species, dormice and glow worms. The Ardingly sandstone outcrops support a rare community of ferns, mosses, liverworts and lichens.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Voluntary work carried out by South East Water staff volunteers.
South East Water is trying to develop a local volunteer base for this site.
Contact South East Water
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: South East Water
General enquiries
Tel 0333 000 0002
Email using the online contact form
Website address and other links: (Leaflet)
alternatively try and search for Ardingly Reservoir

Last updated 20/03/13
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