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Ditchling Common Country Park


Cattle Grazing

Cattle grazing has now started and the cattle will graze one field at a time in rotation – please keep an eye out for signs


Skylarks are nesting in the long grass! Please keep your dog on the main paths between April and July. Skylark populations are falling fast. To survive they need to raise two or three clutches a year. Disturbance by dogs causes adults to flee the nest leaving the eggs and chicks vulnerable to predators and the cold wind.

Country Park

Ditchling Common Country Park covers 76 hectares (188 acres). The site is used for activities including walking, fishing, picnicking, education and dog walking.

Cattle Grazing

Cattle grazing started in March 2021. Please keep an eye out for signs.

How to get there

There is a large car park situated on Folders Lane East at the southern end of the Park. The map reference for the car park is TQ335181. The nearest train stations are Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield.

Fishing permits

We operate a fishing permit system at Ditchling Common. Fishing resumed on 16th June 2021. All permits have now been allocated up to June 2022.


Dogs are welcome but they must be kept under control at all times so that they do not disturb others e.g. children, grazing animals, fishermen and nesting birds.

Please use the dog bins located close to the car park.


Drones are not permitted at Ditchling Common. They cause a nuisance to other visitors and disturbance to the wildlife on the park.

More information

For visitor information, including a location map and nature trail details please see:

Report a problem

The danger posed to wildlife by discarded fishing equipment is made clear to anglers when they are granted a permit to fish. We litter-pick at the site once a week. But if you have concerns, please report them to the Countryside Maintenance Team. Precise location details and photographs are extremely useful in helping us deal quickly with any issues: 

If you find an injured wild animal please contact Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

  • Telephone: 0300 123 4999
  • Website: RSPCA

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service

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