High Weald

Introduction: This 11ha reserve is managed as part of an organic livestock farm, in a partnership between Kent Wildlife Trust and the farmer. It is a fascinating mix of semi-improved neutral grassland, a small stream, a pond, and areas of scrub and mature woodland.

Location: On the western edge of Tenterden, Kent. Access is via a track from Drury Lane over a disused railway line.

What can I do? Explore the different habitats and look out for the wide range of animal and plant species present. In late summer and early winter, you can also admire the Hereford cattle that graze the grassland after its July hay cut.

What can I see? The grassland contains a rich mixture of grasses and herbs, including pepper saxifrage, black knapweed and bird's-foot trefoil: anthills are also present. The woodland includes alder, hornbeam, oak and hazel, along with hawthorn and blackthorn. In summer, you might be lucky to see common lizards, grass snakes and white admiral butterflies, whilst Turners Field is also notable for its range of autumn fungi.

What can I hear? In spring, you can listen out for nightingales.

Grid Reference: TQ882340(OS Map)
OS Map: 188 (Landranger 1:50,000)
Opening times: All year
Prices: Free

Terrain: Some steps and stiles and uneven paths in places

Nearest train station: Pluckley and Appledore – both approx. 8.5miles
Nearest NCN route: Route 18 is 0.8km to the north

Where can I park? Parking on Drury Road but please be considerate

Where can I get further information? Please go to the Kent Wildlife Trust website