Lydden Temple Ewell - The James Teacher Reserve

Lydden Temple Ewell - The James Teacher Reserve

A species diverse ancient grassland with marginal woodland.


Adjacent to the A2, above and between the villages of Lydden and Temple Ewell
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A static map of Lydden Temple Ewell - The James Teacher Reserve

Know before you go

90 hectares

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Very steep and rugged downland scarp slopes.


Not Wheelchair accessible. There is a steep narrow path and there are kissing gates/rambler gates. The surface is chalk/grass, steep, uneven and slippery and muddy when wet.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to August

About the reserve

One of Europe's finest surviving chalk downlands, this reserve contains areas of chalk downland, ancient semi-natural grassland and marginal woodland. It is rich in species and chalk flowers include burnt-tip and early spider orchid. It is a good site for butterflies such as common, Adonis and chalkhill blues as well as a number of grasshoppers and bush-crickets, including the largest British species, the great green bush-cricket. Bird species include skylark and some birds of prey.

Contact us

John McAllister
Contact number: 01622 662012

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
National Nature Reserve (NNR)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)