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West Blean and Thornden Woods

West Blean and Thornden Woods cover about 490 hectares purchased in 2003 and form a vital link between East Blean Wood NNR and other important woodland to the west, including Clowes Wood and the Blean Woods NNR to the south. The Trust works in partnership with other owners and managers of Blean woodland, along with local and national bodies, to establish and maintain a continuous nature conservation complex - a real living landscape.

West Blean and Thornden Woods cover about 490 hectares purchased in 2003 and form a vital link between East Blean Wood NNR and other important woodland to the west, including Clowes Wood and the Blean Woods NNR to the south. The Trust works in partnership with other owners and managers of Blean woodland, along with local and national bodies, to establish and maintain a continuous nature conservation complex - a real living landscape.

 

When the reserve was purchased, nearly 40% was connifer plantation, 35% was planted sweet chestnut coppice and only about 25% was native broadleaved woodland. The Trust is now working to remove the conifers and allow natural regeneration of native species and habitats.

The management of the woodland benefits the nationally rare heath fritillary butterfly and its larval foodplant, common cow-wheat and a range of other species such as bluebell, wood anemone, nightjar, nightingale and dormouse.

 

There is a Wildart Trail which is an art and sensory, all-access trail in Thornden Wood. Enter the trail between wildlife totem poles, follow the path past log cabin insect homes and see if you can spot the heron in the tree. There's an empty frame by the path, a work in progress. Ants keep guard around their nest. See the woodland workshop, where the woodsmen are just taking a break and look at the dazzling bark of the silver birch trees.

Please see below for blogs relating to this reserve:

http://wildartintheblean.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.ucaintheblean.blogspot.co.uk/

Nearby nature reserves

East Blean Wood NNR
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Bigbury Camp
4 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
South Blean
5 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
New Road Herne Bay
Canterbury
Kent
CT6 7NZ
Map reference
TR 143 633
Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
birdwatching
butterflies
fungi
getting away from it all
historical interest
lichens and mosses
spring flowers
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
490.00 hectares
Status
Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
Wheelchair accessible. Circular all weather walk (1 mile). Information boards accessible to wheelchair users. Sound posts in situ.
Walking information
Level paths lead from the car park, including a 3km (2 mile) hard track that runs the length of the reserve from west to east.
Parking
There are car parks on Thornden Wood Road, which runs between Greenhill, Herne Bay and north of Tyler Hill, near Canterbury.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Highland cattle and Konik horses
Reserve manager
John Wilson and Mark Tuson
Tel: 01622 662012
info@kentwildlife.org.uk