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Nashenden Down

Created from an enormous arable field in 2009, this nature reserve is building an impressive species list as it matures into a vital part of the Medway smile living landscape.

A small steep bank on the western edge of the site escaped the plough and retains some chalk grassland species. An excellent assemblage of scrub provides habitat for a number of bird species. The grassland here will act as a seed bank to recolonise some of the 36 hectares of new grassland that is being created by a mixture of seed spreading and natural regeneration.

Creating chalk grassland here increases the potential for movement and long-term survival of rare species such as Adonis blue butterfly.

Approximately 14 hectares of low-input arable crops are being grown to provide habitat for farmland birds, which have declined greatly since the 1950's.

Nearby nature reserves

Burham Down
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Blue Bell Hill
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Holborough Marshes
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Borstal
Rochester
Kent
ME1 3TQ
Map reference
TQ730657
Great for...
overwintering birds
stunning views
wildflowers
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
55.00 hectares
Status
Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Access
Wheelchair accessible. There are medium mobility kissing gates, ruts and a bridle gate. The ground is unsurfaced, being compacted and establishing a grass layer. It is level in places, steep in others.
Walking information
Visitors can enter the reserve by crossing the rail bridge. Marked paths lead from the North Downs Way onto the circular route. Please be aware there are no shortcuts. The whole circuit is approximately 3.5km and takes about two hours to walk. The permissive bridle route entrance is approximately 500m further south of the pedestrian entrance. Paths are uneven, steep and muddy in places.
Parking
Parking is on the roadside in Nashenden Farm Lane before the hamlet of Nashenden.
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Sheep
Reserve manager
Alison Ruyter
Tel: 01622 662012
info@kentwildlife.org.uk