Kingley Vale

Chichester PO18 9BN (4 miles)

The reserve contains one of the finest yew forests in western Europe, including a grove of ancient trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain. The largest yew trees can be found at the foot of the valley and several are 500 years old with their shapes contorted by time and countless storms. Look out for green woodpeckers, as well as red kites and buzzards. Breeding birds at Kingley Vale include the nightingale, grasshopper warbler, blackcap, marsh tit and green woodpecker. Buzzards are often seen, along with other birds of prey including kestrel, sparrowhawk, hobby (in summer), red kite and tawny owl.