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Old Park Hill

Old Park Hill has a range of habitats but needs to be managed and restored to return it to its early 20th century character, when most of the site would have been open chalk land.

Kent Wildlife Trust and the Port of Dover are restoring Old Park Hill by converting overgrown scrub into a mosiac of scrub with chalk grassland.

This site has a range of habitats including woodland, scrub, chalk grassland and neutral grassland. It has the potential to be a site for wildlife such as Adonis blue butterflies, reptiles and orchids.

Old Park Hill has not been actively managed for over a decade and as such the landscape interest of the site has been greatly reduced by the encroachment of scrub on to the chalk grassland and the neglect of the woodland areas.

Suitable conservation management would restore the site to its early 20th century character, when most of the site would have been open chalk grassland with scattered scrub and grazed with animals.

Nearby nature reserves

Lydden Temple Ewell - The James Teacher Reserve
1 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Nemo Down Nature Reserve
1 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Sladden Wood
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
South of the A2
Dover
Kent
Map reference
TR294 438
Great for...
butterflies
reptiles
spring flowers
stunning views
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - May
Jun - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
40.00 hectares
Status
Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Access
Not Wheelchair accessible. There are Kissing gates and steep slopes from the car park. The reserve paths are rough with steep slopes.
Walking information
Very steep and rugged, scarp slopes, the site is heavily scrubbed.
Parking
Highways adjacent to the reserve.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Eventually with cattle and possibly Konik horses.
Reserve manager
Karen Weeks
Tel: 01622 662012
karen.weeks@kentwildlife.org.uk