Iping Common Dark Sky Discovery Site
Address: Iping Common Car Park, Elsted Road, Midhurst, GU29 0PB
Parking: Sussex Wildlife Trust Car park is accessible to the public free of charge. Visit the Sussex Wildlife website for more information;
Location: Iping Common Nature Reserve is situated just west of Midhurst and is one of the best examples of lowland heathland in Sussex. Owned and managed by Sussex Wildlife Trust, it is a great place to see some of the amazing wildlife that can only be found on this declining habitat. With over a hundred hectares of open heathland and open views to the South, Iping Common provides an ideal location to appreciate the quality of the dark skies above.
Described by Natural England as one of the richest areas of heath in the county, it is also a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest. Most of it is dry but there are also areas of wet heath, two ponds, woodland, scrub and grassland. It has a rich invertebrate fauna and breeding heathland birds include nightjars and stonechats.
For detailed astronomy information visit the GoStargazing website; https://gostargazing.co.uk/events/locations/iping-common/