Woolbeding Countryside

The view of river meadows at Woolbeding parkland

Important notice -

Our countryside space is open. We encourage everyone to observe social distancing measures. There is a very high fire risk at the moment due to the dry weather. Fires & barbecues are not permitted anywhere - please help us protect our countryside

Experience a landscape shaped by traditional rural life

Enjoy the South Downs National Park with the National Trust

Summer on the South Downs

We are so glad our visitors are enjoying our beautiful South Downs. Our car parks cannot be booked so on our busy days there may not be spaces when you arrive - please try again later if this happens. Please help us keep these areas special. Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs. Leave gates and property as you find them. Protect plants and animals and take your litter home. Keep dogs under close control, especially near farm animals and during nesting season. Do not camp, light fires or barbecues unless it is is designated areas. Thank you for helping us keep our countryside safe.

Woolbeding Countryside

Things to see and do 

Woolbeding Countryside in August

Woolbeding Countryside

Wildlife

A hobby showing its barred chest and long pointed wings

Wildlife in Woolbeding Countryside 

Woolbeding's mix of landscapes rise from the river valley up to the heathland on the greensand ridge. They support a great diversity of wildlife; from tiny beetles to soaring birds of prey. Find out about the habitats they live in and what you can spot on your walks.

There's more to bats than meets the eye

Reconnecting Wild Sussex – Bats in the Landscape 

The dense woods, patchwork of fields and scattered parkland trees of the West Sussex Downs are a stronghold for some of Britain’s rarest bats, and we're working on improving our habitats for these flying mammals.

A view over the sloping purple heather at Black Down towards the distant horizon, with tall pine trees to either side.

Saving our heathlands in the South Downs 

The Heathlands Reunited project aims to create and improve heathland at 41 sites covering an area greater than 1,200 football pitches. Find out more about this exciting partnership project.

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Get involved

A volunteer group in the bracked on the common

Volunteer with us 

We couldn't work without our dedicated team of volunteers. Take a look at what they help out with and how you can get involved in joining the volunteer team.

Woolbeding Countryside

Our work

 Panoramic view at sunset in August from Devil's Dyke, South Downs, West Sussex

South Downs sites we look after  

Discover the incredible diversity of countryside sites across the South Downs, from chalk grassland to river valleys, beech hangars and chalk cliffs.