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In 2016 our kind supporters helped us raise funds to purchase and manage a crucial extension to the National Nature Reserve at Lydden Temple Ewell. Now we have the chance to secure a 2nd piece of land that will help us transform the future of this site.

 

Nestled between the villages of Lydden and Temple Ewell, Lydden Temple Ewell Nature Reserve is a 220 acre part of an historic and breathtaking Living Landscape. Its 220 acres of ancient semi-natural chalk grasslands are host to many fragile and threatened chalk flora and fauna.

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Lydden Temple Ewell Extension Map

Why We Need This Extension

The two land purchases are of crucial, strategic importance to the future of the site being the largest area of chalk grassland in the county, and part of the Historic Dover Downlands Living Landscape in the heart of the Dover.

This is a unique opportunity to restore fragile habitats to the site and better manage the rest of this magnificent 220 acre National Nature Reserve.

By securing the land, the Trust will greatly improve access to the site as a whole, and habitat recreation will hopefully see the return of the skylark and grey partridge, as well as the pyramidal orchid and possibly the burnt tip and bee orchids.

John McAllister, Head of Reserves (East) at the Trust said “Extending the Lydden Temple Ewell Nature Reserve is crucial to securing access for management and to increase the area of chalk grassland habitat, which is one of the most threatened and species diverse habitats in the UK."

Burnt Tip Orchid"The new land will make Lydden Temple Ewell the conservation hub for the wider Dover conservation area. This is a unique opportunity to restore fragile habitats to the site and better manage the rest of this magnificent 220 acre National Nature Reserve."

How You Can Help

Throughout 2017 the Trust will be hosting various activities for the appeal, to which local communities will be invited.

Roadshows and guided walks of the site will offer the chance to learn more about the appeal, show support and raise the profile of this magnificent site, ensuring it thrives for decades to come.

You can also support the appeal as a volunteer. Take a look at the appeal volunteer roles and contact our volunteering team, or visit our Volunteering FAQ page for more information.


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