The Loder Valley Nature Reserve lies to the west of Wakehurst and offers the valuable combination of woodland, wetland and meadowland habitats where wildlife thrives. Managed by Kew, it is dedicated to the conservation of the plants and animals of the Sussex Weald. Normally only accessible to visitors by permit, these evening events in the reserve will be led by Steve Robinson the Loder Valley warden.
Kingfishers breed regularly in this beautiful conservation area and a specially built hide lets you experience magical close-up views of their activities. With luck, we should be able to observe these beautiful birds in their natural habitat and study their feeding habits and lifestyle.
The evening continues with a chance to see the residents of a badger sett before retracing our steps to see what other nocturnal wildlife is out and about in the reserve. Come with an open mind, as natural history inevitably presents an element of surprise!
These evenings will involve a fair amount of walking of a moderately strenuous level, which will include some steep inclines on muddy and slippery surfaces.
To protect the wildlife, photography with any form of camera is not permitted.
Steven Robinson grew up in Sussex and from a young age was interested in natural history. He developed his knowledge further by working and living in the countryside and is now warden for the Loder Valley Reserve.
He relishes having a job which gives him the opportunity to expand his knowledge and is constantly amazed by the rich natural diversity that Sussex offers.