Brede High Woods, East Sussex
LocationCounty: East Sussex
Nearest town or settlement: Brede, Ewhurst and Sedlescombe parishes
Contact detailsOrganisation: Woodland Trust
PartnersNatural England, Sussex Wildlife Trust
Brede High Woods covers a total of 262 hectares (ha) across the East Sussex parishes of Brede, Ewhurst and Sedlescombe. It lies within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the High Weald Natural Character Area. The area is dominated by nutrient-poor acid sandstone which creates a range of soils, from free-draining through to wetter areas of marsh and mire.
Today Brede High Woods is a complex mosaic of habitats;ancient semi-natural woodland (mostly coppice), conifer plantations (both secondary woodland and plantations on ancient woodland sites), broadleaf plantations, and more open areas of heath, grass, mire, Sphagnum moss beds and scrub.
The Woodland Trust acquired the woods in December 2007. Surveys and assessments by Dr Patrick Roper and others identified a rich biodiversity in the open spaces and a need to manage these areas to retain important species. Two of the UK’s heather species, common heather, Calluna vulgaris, and bell heather, Erica cinerea, were recorded on site. Along with the scarce heath dog-violet, Viola canina, and butterflies of conservation concern including dingy skipper, Pyrgus malvae, and pearl-bordered fritillary, Boloria euphrosyne (a UK BAP species). To download the full report click here