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Westfield Wood

An internationally important yew woodland, with steep chalky slopes occupied by a dense stand of yew overtopped in places by mature ash and beech.

A large section in the centre of the reserve was flattened by the October 1987 strom and left untouched, but it is monitored by the Trust as part of a national scheme to record the natural regeneration.

In the northern part, hazel and ash coppice occurs. Here oak is more abundant, and crab apple can be found. Diligent search may yield butcher's broom- and green helleborine, whilst at the southern end, is stinking hellebore. There is also a fine colony of stinking iris - its orange seeds persiting through the winter.

Woodland bird species present include green and great spotted woodpecker, and goldcrest. During October and November, flocks of thrushes can be seen feeding on the crop of yew berries.

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Tyland Barn
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Blue Bell Hill
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Burham Down
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

ME14 3BE
Map reference
TQ 755 607
Great for...
ancient trees
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Sep - Nov
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Opening Times
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5.00 hectares
Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
Not Wheelchair accessible. There are steps, a kissing gate, ruts and narrow paths. The paths are unsurfaced, uneven, irregular, muddy and slippery when wet.
Walking information
A path circumnavigates the wood. This is level and easy going in places but steep and uneven on some of the slopes.
Park on the Old Chatham Road below the garage.
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Alison Ruyter
Tel: 01622 662012