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Spuckles & Kennelling Woods (Wilderness Down)

The Fragile woods support a diverse mixture of species from mighty oaks and majestic beech to violets and carpets of bluebells. The extremely rare greater butterfly orchids and delicate lady orchids are also found here.

Lying in the heart of the mid Kent Downs on an escarpment 650 feet above sea level, there reserves comprise precious ancient woodland and chalk grassland, and are at the centre of Kent Wildlife Trust's 'Wilderness Down' project and part of its living landscape vision to reconnect the countryside - providing widlilfe corridors for species to move around easily, thereby helping to restore biodoversity.


The Trust is hopeful that its restoration work will encourage the return of the marbled white butterfly and the majestic red kite.

Nearby nature reserves

Hothfield Heathlands
4 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Kiln Wood
4 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Cromers Wood
6 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Thorneycroft Road
Stalisfield Green
Map reference
TQ 957 525
Great for...
getting away from it all
lichens and mosses
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Sep - Nov
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Opening Times
Open at all times
20.00 hectares
Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Living Landscape schemes
Added within CMS
Not Wheelchair accessible. Bridle and field gates, steep slopes, woodland bridleway, uneven and can be muddy.
Walking information
Entry is via public footpaths with stiles.
There is limited parking in two laybys beside Thornycroft Lane a few metres from the reserve entrance. Another parking area is by a field gate along Hillside Road TQ 963528 from where you can walk along the valley to take in both woods.
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Cattle and sheep
Reserve manager
Kevin Duvall
Tel: 01622 662012