There are some wonderful walks around this secluded part of Sussex. Stomp across the open heathland and explore Merlin’s Wood on the edge of the Common; an alluring, twisted tunnel of rhododendron.
The best times of day to watch for heathland wildlife are early mornings and evenings. Find a secluded place and just wait and watch to see what passes you by. It helps if you can use a good pair of binoculars. Watch out for tree pipits, woodlarks, and stonechats. Listen out for the quick movement of lizards along path edges.
Across the road is the old plantation site. This has been cleared over the years creating more heathland and links with the common and other heaths in the area. Sand lizards have already made this their home and there are good populations of woodlark, nightjar, tree pipits, and stonechats.
A very special site
The site has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its wonderful heathland, with insectivorous sundews, adders and common lizards amongst the thick heath vegetation. The paths are flat and easy walking but watch out for the ditches and hollows which fill with water and create areas of wet heath. This is where cotton grass and cross-leaved heather can be found growing.
Woolbeding countryside is quietly tucked away in the tranquil Rother Valley. With its wide horizons and intimate secluded places, this huge estate has an extraordinary blend of habitats.
We're always interested in anything special that our visitors may spot whilst enjoying the Common. It's also a very fragile habitat so if you need to report anything please call the Ranger on 01730 816638 [option 1].