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Parsonage Wood

This remote and tranquil reserve comprises woodland, nesting within an area of pasture and orchard.

This remote and tranquil reserve comprises woodland, nesting within an area of pasture and orchard. Designated as a SSSI for its ghyll habitat and associated species - a rare habitat in the south east.

The wood is mixed with a fairly sparse understorey due to its dense canopy. However, coppicing has recently taken place to open up the canopy and allow the understorey to develop and flourish.

In the spring, the wood teems with bluebell, primrose and golden saxifrage. Within the steep wooded valleys, humid conditions are idea foor mosses, liverworts and many species of fern, including the hay-scented buckler-fern. Most of the common woodland birds have been recorded here, including woodcock, green woodpecker, treecreeper, nuthatch and little owl.

Nearby nature reserves

Collingwood
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Wattle Wood
5 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
The Gill
6 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Parsonage Wood
Benenden
Kent
TN17 4LD
Map reference
TQ 797 329
Great for...
ancient trees
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Mar - Jun
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
9.00 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
Not Wheelchair accessible. There are paths with steps which are uneven and steep in places. Muddy at times.
Walking information
There are paths with steps which are uneven and steep in places. Muddy at times.
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Matt Hayes
Tel: 01622 662012
info@kentwildlife.org.uk