Explore, relax, enjoy...

Within sight of the South Downs and close to the historic village of Ditchling, the 50 acres of Stoneywish offer a magical retreat from the rush of modern living. Here you will find a corner of Sussex countryside as it used to be, meadows, wetlands and woodland full of native flowers and home to a wealth of wildlife, in addition to our own farm animals.
There are gardens and exhibitions for the older visitor to explore, gentle walks for every age and ability, and plenty of room for children's play in our play area. Bring a picnic and relax for the whole day!

  • The Animals

    The Animals

    Take your time to go round the reserve. The wildlife is shy but if you are patient you may see some of our special residents: herons, woodpeckers, little owls, foxes, and even deer. And of course no visit is complete without feeding the giant carp in the Big Pond and saying hello to the friendly farm animals.

  • A Little Bit About Us…

    A Little Bit About Us…

    We are a small, independent business with a passion for two things: to encourage and preserve our natural heritage and to provide a carefree environment where visitors can relax and connect with the countryside. So when you visit, you become part of Stoneywish…

  • What to find here…

    What to find here…

    Nature Walk
    Large Play-Picnic Area
    Sarsen Stone Circle
    Bog Pond
    Shaker Smallholding
    and Herb Garden…


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    Stop Press!

    Please note: The Nature Reserve is now open 7 days a week throughout the School Summer Holidays. Campers please telephone or e-mail to check we have space in the campsite.

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    Talks and Events

    We have a programme of events, talks and changing exhibitions throughout the season, so there is always something new to learn at Stoneywish.

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    Nature Notes

    Read here to find out the latest news from the Reserve.