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South Blean

Deciduous woodland, conifer and sweet chestnut plantation, as well as bog and heath.

South Blean is part of the wider Blean living landscape stretching through a 16 km arc to the west and north of Canterbury. The reserve, which has been established by a series of acquisitions between 1966 and 2006, covers some 329 hecatres of mixed native deciduous woodland, conifer and sweet chestnut plantations, as well as bog and heath. Its more undulating topography and range of soils produce a greater vareity of habitats than the Trust's other Blean reserves.

The Trust is gradually removing the conifers to allow natural regeneration of species and habitats. Grazing animals are being used in the bog and heath areas and a coppice management programme has been restored. This benefits a vareity of species such as nightjar, nightinagle, lesser-spotted woodpecker and buzzard.

Nearby nature reserves

Bigbury Camp
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Broadham Down
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
West Blean and Thornden Woods
5 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Nearest address: Hatch Lane
Chartham Hatch
Map reference
TR 093571
Great for...
ancient trees
getting away from it all
lichens and mosses
overwintering birds
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - May
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329.00 hectares
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)

The best access is by public footpath or country lanes from Selling Station or Chartham hatch. There is very limited parking at Hunstead Wood on Primrose Hill at Chartham Hatch.
Walking information
There are some steep slopes and very wet and muddy paths in winter.
Limited parking at Hunstead Wood.
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Highland cattle, Konik horses and goats
Reserve manager
John Wilson and Mark Tuson
Tel: 01622 662012