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Nemo Down Nature Reserve

A site where conservation grazing has been reintroduced to restore chalk grassland to the reserve. Along with High Meadows and Whinless Down, the downland bank forms part of a 62 hectare area of continuous chalk grassland

Kent Wildlife Trust purchased Nemo Down in 2014 with support from the WREN Trust. Reserve establishment from 2015 to 2017 has been funded by the Veolia Environmental Trust and the Up on the Downs Heritage Lottery Fund projects. This work has helped restore open chalk grassland with scattered scrub and enabled the reintroduction of grazing in 2016. The chalk grassland, scrub and woodland support a diverse range of plants and animals. Chalk grassland is home to a vast number of wildflowers including: orchids, butterflies and reptiles. Woodland management work, mainly coppicing and the removal of non-native trees, maintains the highest diversity of wildlife including: bluebells, wood anemone, orchids, butterflies and birds such as whitethroat, hobby and nightingale.


Other grassland reserves, High Meadows and Whinless Down (managed by Dover Town Council and White Cliffs Countryside Partnership), border the top of the downland bank creating a 62-hectare area of continuous chalk grassland.

Nearby nature reserves

Old Park Hill
1 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Lydden Temple Ewell - The James Teacher Reserve
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Sladden Wood
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Coombe Road
CT17 0XB (nearest postcode)
Map reference
TR 293 419
Best time to visit
May - Aug
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62.00 hectares

Not Wheelchair accessible. There are bridle/kissing gates. The surface is chalk/grass with scrub regrowth. It is steep, uneven and slippery and muddy when wet.
Walking information
Very steep slopes, with scrub. There is a fairly flat walk running between the two roadside kissing gates.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Konik ponies or Highland cattle at various times of the year
Reserve manager
Karen Weeks
Tel: 01622 662012