Buchan country park

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Buchan Country Park

Buchan Country Park

One of Crawley's great outdoor spaces is Buchan Country Park - 170 acres of woodland and heathland south-west of West Sussex's largest town.

Buchan Country Park is a remnant of the extensive more extensive old St Leonard's Forest - in historic times much bigger than it is today and and now a key part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Like most country parks, Buchan gives the sense of being a managed space rather than natural countryside. It's clearly not free from the guiding hand of man, but it's still a fine outdoor space.
Two large man-made bodies of water - Douster Pond and Island Pond - are at the heart of Buchan Country Park and Spruce Hill, Silver Hill and Target Hill give the whole area plenty of interest and there is plenty of good walking to be enjoyed.
Buchan Country Park was bought by West Sussex County Coucil in 1969 and was opened in its present form in 1982.

Since the Park has played its part in reestablishing heathland environments in Sussex - a sizeable chunk of Buchan Country Park has been turned over to heathland.
In winter there are flocks of Redpolls. The many Alder trees provide food for Siskin. Spring sees the arrival of summer migrants like Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler and both Tree Pipit and Yellowhammer frequent the open heathland.
Rarities recorded in the park include Nightjar, Dartford Warbler and Great Grey shrike (pictured).

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