Arundel is a 65-acre haven for wildlife in a picture-book setting in West Sussex. At its back are steep woodlands, topped by the ancient and dramatic Arundel Castle; at its borders are the pretty River Arun and a historic mill stream; all around are the scenic South Downs.
The proximity of the Downs means that the centre benefits from a water supply that is filtered naturally to crystal clarity and purity by the layers of chalk which are part of the landscape.
This high quality source means that Arundel’s lakes, reed beds, channels and waterfalls can support a rich array of British wildlife favourites as well as a large and varied collection of international wildfowl, many of them under serious threat in their native countries.
One especially prized member of the world wildfowl collection is the blue duck - present here in the only breeding population known to exist outside of the bird’s native New Zealand.
Visiting and resident British species include bats, bee orchids, cuckoos, dragonflies, glow-worms, grass snakes, pochard, swans, very many small birds, such as reed and sedge warblers, and three species of woodpecker. In addition, a canoe glide along the centre’s waterways continues to be one of the surest ways in the UK to see the vividly-coloured kingfisher or glimpse a water vole.
- Bats (pipistrelle, noctule, whiskered, Daubenton’s, long-eared and serotine).
- Bee orchids
- Damselflies and dragonflies
- Glow worms
- Grass snakes
- Harvest mice
- Newts (palmate and smooth)
- Song-birds (including Cetti’s, reed and sedge warblers)
- Wainscot moths (silky and obscure)
- Water birds (including Bewick’s swans and pochards in winter),
- Water shrews and voles