This remote and tranquil reserve comprises woodland, nesting within an area of pasture and orchard.

Location

http://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/ivy-hatch
Benenden
TN17 4LD
A static map of Parsonage Wood

Know before you go

Size
9 hectares

Walking trails

There are paths with steps which are uneven and steep in places. Muddy at times.

Access

Not Wheelchair accessible. There are paths with steps which are uneven and steep in places. Muddy at times.

Dogs

Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to June

About the reserve

This remote and tranquil reserve comprises woodland, nesting within an area of pasture and orchard. Designated as a SSSI for its ghyll habitat and associated species - a rare habitat in the south east. The wood is mixed with a fairly sparse understorey due to its dense canopy. However, coppicing has recently taken place to open up the canopy and allow the understorey to develop and flourish. In the spring, the wood teems with bluebell, primrose and golden saxifrage. Within the steep wooded valleys, humid conditions are idea foor mosses, liverworts and many species of fern, including the hay-scented buckler-fern. Most of the common woodland birds have been recorded here, including woodcock, green woodpecker, treecreeper, nuthatch and little owl.

Contact us

Matt Hayes
Contact number: 01622 662012

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)