A popular reserve featuring a lake and surrounding wildflower meadows.

The Educational reserve features four ponds, including the large, main 2.4 hectare (6 acre) Bay Pond, which is surrounded by wildflower meadows. There is also a public path and observation platform on the south side of the pond. On the eastern side of the pond there is a mature alder swamp and good areas of typical marginal vegetation. The area is particularly good for birds, which can be observed from the lakeside bird hide.

A number of dragonflies and damselflies can be found here including emperor, brown hawker, blue-tailed and azure. Many butterfly species can also be observed such as gatekeeper, ringlet, small skipper and orange tip.

The area was originally part of the grounds of Godstone Place and the lake may have been used to hold back water for a mill in conjunction with other lakes downstream. Bay Pond itself is believed to have been made in 1611. The pond was dredged in 1986 after heavy siltation.

The former stables and milk sheds have been converted for use by school groups as the reserve is one of SWT’s four Educational Nature Reserves. Behind the White Hart Inn (which is adjacent to the site) there is a wild flower meadow which is alive with all kinds of invertebrates during the summer.

Educational reserve, no public access

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Located behind the White Hart Hotel
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TQ 351 516
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6.88 hectares
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No dogs allowed
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Tel: 01483 795440