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Hothfield Heathlands

Rich in flora and fauna, this important reserve contains Kent's last four valley bogs and one of its few remaining fragments of open heath.

Not only does this reserve contain the last four valley bogs in Kent, this reserve also allows observation of one of the last ancient heathlands in England. It is noted for dragonflies such as the keeled skimmer and it is a good site for viviparous lizard and grass snake. Plant life includes heather, crosse-leaved heath, dwarf and common gorse.

A leaflet describing four self-guided walks is available on request 01622 662012.

We have put together a survey to find out how users of Hothfield Heathlands feel about their nature reserve. The data will be helpful when we formulate future managment plans, especially when it comes to access and interpretation.

If you have the time, please click here which will take you to the online survey form. 

Partners & Sponsors:


Ashford Borough Council
Heritage Lottery Fund
Natural England

Nearby nature reserves

Ashford Warren & Hoads Wood
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Conningbrook Lakes Country Park
4 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Spuckles & Kennelling Woods (Wilderness Down)
4 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

3 miles north east of Ashford along the A20
Nr Ashford
TN26 1HD
Map reference
TQ 972 458
Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
geological interest
lichens and mosses
overwintering birds
spring flowers
spring migrant birds
stunning views
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Open at all times
86.00 hectares
Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Wheelchair accessible. Compacted sand/ gravel car park with disabled parking bays. Access to reserve across road and through Medium mobility kissing gate. A number of marked circular routes. Upright signboards, tactile waymarkers. Paths and boardwalks are narrow and steep in places. Can be soft and slippery after rain
Walking information
Open heathland and woodland with peat and earth tracks. Can be wet in winter.
Car park near site entrance
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Highland cows and Konik ponies
Reserve manager
Ian Rickards
Tel: 01622 662012