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Nature conservation

Tilgate Forest Local Nature Reserve

The Local Nature Reserve lies at the northeast corner of the golf course and comprises blocks of conifer and broad-leaved woodland plantation, together with an area of heathland and acid grassland underneath the line of pylons. 

Plants
  • Scot’s pine
  • Red oak
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Oak
  • Aspen
  • Heather
  • Gorse
Animals
  • Dragonflies
  • Damselflies
  • Common lizards
  • Adders
  • Woodpeckers
  • Blue tits
  • Long-tailed tits
  • Siskins
  • Goldfinches
  • Goldcrests
  • Wood ants

Things to do

Combine your visit with a circular walk around Furnace Green.

Help to manage this site, become a volunteer with Gatwick GreenSpace Partnership.

How to get here

This site can be accessed from Tilgate Golf Course, from Maidenbower via the pedestrian rail bridge, and from Furnace Green via Rosamund Road.

Ordnance Survey grid reference:  TQ 287353

Nearest bus stop: Furnace Parade, numbers 2, 272 and 273.  Matthews Drive, route 100.

Neighbourhood: Furnace Green