High Weald

Introduction: One of three nature reserves managed by the Powdermill Trust for Nature Conservation, Powdermill Wood, as its name suggests, has a history linked to charcoal and gunpowder manufacture in the local area.

Location: 1 mile south-west of Battle, East Sussex, off B2095.

What can I do? Explore the various habitats in the reserve on the surfaced and unsurfaced paths, and including a boardwalk through the site's wetter areas.

What can I see? The site is predominantly alder carr woodland, with wetter boggy areas and open pools. The damp habitats are home to many different fern and sedge species, including polypody fern and tussock sedge, as well as numerous invertebrate species, such as the dark blue banded demoiselle damselfly.

What can I hear? Listen out for great spotted woodpeckers tapping and drumming in the trees.

Information available: A site map is available

Grid Reference: TQ736145(OS Map)
OS Map: 199 (Landranger 1:50,000)
Opening Times: All year
Prices: Free

Nearest train station: Battle 1.2 miles
Nearest NCN route: Route 2 is 5 miles to the south at Bexhill

Where can I park? Car Park available on B2095

Where can I get further information? Some further information is available on the Visit Woods website, and a site map downloadable on the Powdermill Trust's website.