New Book by The Friends of Weir Wood Society

The Nature of Weir Wood

We have produced this book to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of our society. It covers the nature of: the open water; the water’s edge; the trees, woodland and hedges and the meadows. We also touch on: the geography and history of the site; the story of the society; a typical year of work; memories of the reserve and the creation of the reservoir. 

It is A5 sized and contains 150 pages richly illustrated with colour photographs taken at the reserve over the years. The nature we look at includes: birds; mammals; reptiles; butterflies and moths; dragon and damselflies; fish; flowers; fungi; plants and trees.

The books are £6 each. Postage and packing for the UK is £2 for a single copy.

The Friends group was started twenty five years ago to conserve and improve the local nature reserve at Weir Wood reservoir. The reserve is at the west end of the reservoir and includes: open water; woodland; streams; reed-beds and large meadows. It is within the larger Site of Special Scientific Interest. 

Since the reservoir was created in the mid 50s the habitat has changed a lot. Woods have grown, reed-beds and ponds have been created and the meadows have been given over from agriculture to nature. A hide has been built with a viewing area in the car park on Legsheath Lane. 

The Friends run events that include: a spring bluebell walk; a public open day; an autumn fungus foray and a birding walk. We manage over a hundred nest boxes and the site supports the largest heronry in Sussex. We manage the area for nature and carry out surveys of: birds; butterflies; moths; dragonflies; damselflies; reptiles and small mammals. We run work parties every week and provide food for the birds during the winter months. A wide range of woodland birds can be seen at the feeders near the car park. 

We have over two hundred members. We run our AGM in the Forest Row Community Centre and bring interesting speakers for everyone to enjoy. For further information and to contact our committee please visit