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Lydden Temple Ewell - The James Teacher Reserve

A species diverse ancient grassland with marginal woodland.

One of Europe's finest surviving chalk downlands, this reserve contains areas of chalk downland, ancient semi-natural grassland and marginal woodland. It is rich in species and chalk flowers include burnt-tip and early spider orchid. It is a good site for butterflies such as common, Adonis and chalkhill blues as well as a number of grasshoppers and bush-crickets, including the largest British species, the great green bush-cricket. Bird species include skylark and some birds of prey.

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Nemo Down Nature Reserve
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Reserve information

Adjacent to the A2, above and between the villages of Lydden and Temple Ewell
CT15 5AB
Map reference
TR 277 453
Great for...
spring flowers
spring migrant birds
stunning views
Best time to visit
May - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
90.00 hectares
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
National Nature Reserve (NNR)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
Not Wheelchair accessible. There is a steep narrow path and there are kissing gates/rambler gates. The surface is chalk/grass, steep, uneven and slippery and muddy when wet.
Walking information
Very steep and rugged downland scarp slopes.
The reserve car park is situated above the cross roads behind the houses in the middle of Temple Ewell village.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Karen Weeks
Tel: 01622 662012