Stanmer is a large open park on the outskirts of Brighton incorporating the original house, built for the Pelham family in the 18th century, church and village of the same name. The park is now a local nature reserve and is open to the public. It consists of downlands and woodlands, which are home to a wide range of mammals, birds, insect and plant life. Birdwatchers may spot buzzards, kestrels and owls. A plant nursery operates within the old walled kitchen garden and runs events of an educational and entertainment nature. There are also occasional guided woodland walks, to see the resident bat population, for example.