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Ruxley Gravel Pits

An oasis of wildlife amongst the industry, roads and housing

This complex of lakes, islands andf promontories is a remarkable oasis of wildlife amongst the onslaught of industry, roads and housing!


Over 500 plant species have been recorded on the reserve and new bird records are being added almost every year. The site's open water and marginal swamps provide a rare habitat for many wetland birds, plants and invertebrates.

Species and habitats

Ponds, Standing water, Wetland, Woodland
Bittern, Linnet, Field Vole, Water Vole

Nearby nature reserves

The Warren
2 miles - London Wildlife Trust
Braeburn Park
3 miles - London Wildlife Trust
Hewitt's Chalk Bank
4 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Just south of the A223,
Near Sidcup
DA14 5AD
Map reference
TQ 474 700
Best time to visit
Mar - Jul
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11.00 hectares

Prior arrangements must be made with the warden for visits as the gates are locked. Contact 01622 662012
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Paul Glanfield
Tel: 01622 662012