Sixty percent of the Forest consists of open heathland, which provides a wonderful habitat for those birds for which it is renowned – the nightjar and Dartford warbler.

The Forest is also home to a wide variety of butterflies and other invertebrates as well as many small mammals and reptiles.

Birds on Ashdown Forest
Darford on Gorse

Discover the rich variety of bird life that thrives on the Forest...

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The Forest is home to the common and pygmy shrew...


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Butterflies and Moths
Emperor Moth

Of the Forest's 34 species of butterfly, the most spectacular...

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Reptiles and Amphibians

Adders, the only British venomous snake, is...

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the most common animals on a heathland are invertebrates...

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