Wildlife and Nature
Kids living in Brighton are lucky to have so many places nearby where they can experience and enjoy the wonders of wildlife and nature. There is so much kids can learn from getting close to nature, and they enjoy being outdoors, exploring wildlife. Fortunately there are many places to visit that aim to conserve different forms of wildlife. The following nature reserves, centres, parks and woods, which are either in Brighton or close by, welcome visitors both adults and children alike, and provide a child friendly environment.
Arundel Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre
A specialist wetland conservation centre owned by The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. It provides a home to a variety of wildlife, including ducks, geese and swans, and is a fun and interesting place to learn about nature. Café, gift shop, picnic area.
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum
Over 1000 swans, geese and ducks as well as veteran, Edwardian and vintage cars and motorcycles can be found at this stunning stately home. An interactive trail makes learning about the wildlife fun. Adventure playground, picnic area, café, gift shop.
This Local Nature Reserve is set on the edge of the River Ouse. Comprising 25 acres of woodland, grassland and ponds it is home to many forms of wildlife. Dozens of different birds and several species of butterflies, moths, dragonflies and grasshoppers, plus the numerous wild plants that have been spotted, make this a wonderful place to explore with kids.
Access to the Railway Land is via Railway Lane (BN7 2AQ)
There is a pay and display car park next to Railway Lane.
The Railway Land Wildlife Trust Ltd, 115 High Street, Lewes, BN7 1XY
Southwater Country Park
This 90 acres of country park offers an adventure play area, sailing and canoeing on the lake and a wildlife area which has encouraged various butterflies, birds and lizards. There is a visitor centre and café. Look out for children's activities provided throughout the year.
‘A unique family-run working woodland park in the beautiful hills of the Sussex High Weald'. Open all year round this is a great place for kids to explore and run around. There is an adventure play area as well as woodland trails. Hot and cold refreshments are available from the barn.