Old Park Hill
Know before you go
Grazing animalsEventually with cattle and possibly Konik horses.
Very steep and rugged, scarp slopes, the site is heavily scrubbed.
Not Wheelchair accessible. There are Kissing gates and steep slopes from the car park. The reserve paths are rough with steep slopes.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to May, June to July
About the reserve
Kent Wildlife Trust and the Port of Dover are restoring Old Park Hill by converting overgrown scrub into a mosiac of scrub with chalk grassland.
This site has a range of habitats including woodland, scrub, chalk grassland and neutral grassland. It has the potential to be a site for wildlife such as Adonis blue butterflies, reptiles and orchids.
Old Park Hill has not been actively managed for over a decade and as such the landscape interest of the site has been greatly reduced by the encroachment of scrub on to the chalk grassland and the neglect of the woodland areas.
Suitable conservation management would restore the site to its early 20th century character, when most of the site would have been open chalk grassland with scattered scrub and grazed with animals.