Chalk grassland nature reserve, grazed by free ranging goats. Includes the largest remaining areas of chalk heath in the South Downs.
Telephone: 01273 476595
Opening information: Always open.
Facilities and additional information
Chalk Heath is a unique habitat, a mixture of chalk loving plants growing alongside plants that need acid soils like heather. During the last Ice Age winds from the great Ice Sheet to the north picked up sand and dust from the front of the glaciers. This ground up remains of the Midlands was blown south, and dropped as acid loess soil on the North and South Downs. Once ploughed the pockets of acid and calcareous soil are mixed for ever, and little of the original chalk heath still survives.Watch out for the goats!