Ambersham Common Walk
Cowdray Forest Manager, Richard Everett, and Independent Heathland, Dan Cornell, led a group on a guided walk across Ambersham and Heyshott Commons and the surrounding woodland on Saturday morning.
They shared their knowledge of this nationally important woodland site. They looked at how the woods and heaths are managed to provide habitats for some of the countries rarest birds and reptiles and discussed the work that is needed to keep the site in prime condition.
The site is mainly heathland with a wide range of invertebrates, including three nationally rare species like the smooth snake. There are also areas of bog and acid carr. The area has a diverse variety of bird species, including some which are rare, such as nightjars, woodlarks and Dartford warblers.
The walk also referenced the impact the world wars and the railway line which ran to the north of the common. The Midhurst to Petworth line was closed in 1964.