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Burham Down

Predominantly wooded, with areas of grassland and two disused chalk pits

With sublime views over the Weald of Kent, this reserve consists of an area of chalk grassland, an area of woodland and two disused chalk pits. The chalk pits provide good shelter for birds in winter and breeding sites in summer. Some species of orchid can be seen in the woodland and kestrels breed in the chalk cliffs. Various different insects can be observed here

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Woodland
Species
Hazel dormouse, Nightingale, Hobby, Brown Argus, Wild Thyme

Nearby nature reserves

Blue Bell Hill
0 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Burham Marsh
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Westfield Wood
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Common Road
Chatham
Kent
ME5 9RG
Map reference
TQ 735 624
Best time to visit
Jun - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Facilities
Picnic facilities
Size
110.00 hectares
Access
Not Wheelchair accessible. There are steps, a slope, kissing gates and unsurfaced, uneven, slippery paths.
Walking information
Some paths are steep and uneven, stiles in places.
Parking
Free parking at the Bluebell Hill Picnic Site (restrictions apply see Blue Bell Hill reserve) and limited roadside parking near the Petrol station in Burham TQ735624.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Goats and sheep
Reserve manager
Steve Weeks
Tel: 01622 662012
info@kentwildlife.org.uk