Every donation, whether £10 (buys 4.1sq metres) or £100 (buys 41sq metres) makes a huge difference in securing the chalk grassland that will be used for the benefit of nature for generations to come.

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Lydden Temple Ewell appeal- your incredible generosity has helped us reach our target and move a step closer to securing this crucial extension for the future

We are still accepting donations which will go towards our work restoring the site over the next few years.

Urgent Appeal- Land Purchase

On the outskirts of Dover there lies a beautiful piece of chalk grassland; a haven for wildlife, and a cherished area for locals and visitors alike to walk, offering wonderful views across the downlands. 

Pyramidal Orchid

This year we had the chance to purchase crucial new land that will transform Lydden Temple Ewell Reserve for the future. Last year we secured one five-acre extension thanks to the hard work and generosity of our donors and partners, and this year another 8-acre piece of land became available. Thanks to your generosity we have now raised the £78,000 we were aiming for, and hope to push forward on completing our purchase in the coming months. Any further money donated to the appeal will help our crucial work restoring habitats on the site where we hope to see the return of a host of ground nesting birds, orchids, butterfly’s and the critically endangered Wartbiter Cricket.


Wart-biter cricket

We will also be investing in providing improved access to the whole site, which will make your visit to Lydden Temple Ewell even more enjoyable.

Current total £86,766 - 111.2 percent of our £78,000 goal.

Some species that will benefit from this new land:

Lydden Temple Ewell Map

  • Wart-biter cricket - Lydden Temple Ewell Reserve is one of only 5 UK sites that this rare insect resides
  • Ground nesting birds such as the Skylark, grey partridge and meadow pipit
  • Orchids including burnt tip, fragrant and bee orchids.
  • 30 species of butterfly including the Adonis blue, chalk hill blue and silver spotted skipper

Alongside this vital conservation work, we also want to improve your visit to the site with new signage, information boards and set walks. We aim to make this a site where nature and people can coexist. Everyone can enjoy this magnificent reserve, whilst ensuring these fragile habitats and endangered species are protected.

Did you Know? Lydden is one of only five UK sites where the wart-biter cricket can be found; Kent Wildlife Trust has committed £25.m to the Dover area in the last five years; The UK has 50+ species of wild orchid, with more varieties in Kent than any other county; The average skylark song is 2 minutes, but there are records of songs 30 minutes long.

How You Can Help

We have now reached our target of £78,000; however every penny and pound we receive from now will help in our vital job of restoring the site over the coming years.

Every square metre can reveal up to 40 plant species as well as a host of butterflies, moths and birds amongst others. You can be sure that your donation will help us purchase and protect the most species-rich habitat that we have in Kent.

Skylark © Amy Lewis