Kent Wildlife Trust
Kent Wildlife Trust covers the county of Kent
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, England
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, and is one of the largest of the 47 Wildlife Trust organisations in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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, the Isle of Man
Isle of Man
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 and Alderney
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. Kent Wildlife Trust has over 30,000 members in total.

Founded in 1958, Kent Wildlife Trust is the leading conservation charity for Kent and Medway, with the purpose of protecting wildlife, educating the public, influencing decision makers and restoring habitats. The Trust manages reserves that include a range of habitats of extraordinary beauty that accommodate much endangered wildlife. The Trust manages over 60 nature reserves covering more than 3,000 hectares of land for wildlife, including over 55 miles of roadside nature reserve.

Main reserves

  • Bough Beech (near Bough Beech
    Bough Beech
    Bough Beech is the location in the county of Kent, England, of Bough Beech Reservoir. It is located approximately three miles east of Edenbridge and five miles south west of Sevenoaks...

    ) (O.S. Map 188 )
  • Burham Down
    Burham Down
    -Location:Burham Down lies west of the A229 adjoining the KCC picnic site on Common Road, Blue Bell Hill.Bus 101 Maidstone and Chatham/Gillingham stops in Blue Bell Hill village...

     (O.S. Map 188 )
  • Burham Marsh
    Burham Marsh
    Burham Marsh nature reserve is a 11 hectare tidal Reed bed on the River Medway 5 miles northwest of Maidstone. It is just east of Snodland but being on the right bank of the river it is accessed via Burham. It is part the Holborough to Wouldham Marshes SSSI....

     (O.S.Map 188 )
  • Cromer’s Wood (O.S. Map 178 )
  • Darland Banks LNR (O.S. Map 178 )
  • East Blean Woods
    East Blean Woods
    East Blean Woods is a National Nature Reserve south of Herne Bay in southeast England.The reserve covers 122 hectares of ancient semi-natural woodland situated on poorly drained London clay, with a small area of gravelly soil in the south. The underlying clay results in much surface water and mud...

     LNR (O.S. Map 179 )
  • Holborough Marshes (O.S. Map 178 )
  • Hothfield Common
    Hothfield Common
    Hothfield Common is the last substantial area of heathland and lowland valley bog left in Kent. It lies north of Ashford and is owned by Ashford Borough Council, but is managed by Kent Wildlife Trust...

     LNR (near Hothfield
    Hothfield is a village and civil parish in the Ashford District of Kent, England and is located north-west of Ashford town.The village is located to the south of the A20 road. To the north west is Hothfield Common, 58 hectares of heathland and lowland valley bogs: a nature reserve managed by...

    ) (O.S. Map 189 )
  • Kemsing Down (O.S. Map 188 )
  • Longfield Chalk Bank (O.S. Map 177 )
  • Lydden Temple Ewell NNR (James Teacher Reserve) (near Lydden
    Lydden is also the name of a hamlet in the Manston, Kent civil parishLydden is a civil parish and small village in the Dover district of Kent, England...

    ) (O.S. Map 179 )
  • Marden Meadow (near Marden, Kent
    Marden, Kent
    Marden is a village about 13 km south of Maidstone and civil parish in the Maidstone District of Kent, England. The parish is located on the flood plain of the River Beult near Maidstone. It is on the B2079 road linking the A229 Maidstone with the A21 at Flimwell. It has its own railway...

    ) (O.S. Map 188)
  • Oare Marshes
    Oare Marshes
    The Oare Marshes on the north coast of Kent to the north west of Faversham bordering The Swale. They include an internationally important nature reserve known especially as a site for migratory birds.-Location:...

     LNR (O.S. Map 178 )
  • Park Gate Down
    Park Gate Down
    Park Gate Down is a stretch of chalk downland near Elham in East Kent. The site is owned and managed as a nature reserve by the Kent Wildlife Trust and is also listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation...

     (Hector Wilks Reserve) (O.S. Map 179 )
  • Polhill Bank (O.S. Map 188 )
  • Queendown Warren
    Queendown Warren
    Queendown Warren is a Local Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest between the Medway towns and Sittingbourne in southeast England. Part of it is designated as a Special Area of Conservation for its chalk grassland with important populations of orchids.Different sections of the...

     LNR (O.S. Map 188 )
  • Sandwich and Pegwell Bay
    Pegwell Bay
    Pegwell Bay is a shallow inlet in the English Channel coast at the estuary of the River Stour between Ramsgate and Sandwich in Kent. Situated in the bay is a large nature reserve, known for its migrating waders and wildfowl, with a complete series of seashore habitats including extensive mudflats...

     NNR (O.S. Map 179 )
  • Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve
    Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve
    Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve is the operating name of Sevenoaks Gravel Pits, a Site of Special Scientific Interest between the M26 motorway and the town of Sevenoaks in southeast England...

     (near Sevenoaks
    Sevenoaks is a commuter town situated on the London fringe of west Kent, England, some 20 miles south-east of Charing Cross, on one of the principal commuter rail lines from the capital...

    ) (O.S. Maps 188 )
  • South Swale
    South Swale
    South Swale Local Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Ramsar Site between Faversham and Whitstable in southeast England. It consists of of the North Kent Marshes on the south bank of The Swale and along Faversham Creek...

     LNR (O.S. Maps 178 & 179 )
  • Turner’s Field (O.S. Map 188 )
  • West Blean
    West Blean
    West Blean is ancient semi-natural woodland protected by a SSSI, 5km north of the city of Canterbury in Kent, England that also includes Thornden Wood-Location:...

     (including Thornden Woods) (O.S. Map 179 )
  • Westfield Wood
    Westfield Wood
    Westfield Wood is a woodland reserve located immediately south of Chatham in Kent, England. It is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Site of Special Scientific Interest.-Description:...

     (O.S. Maps 178 & 188 )
  • Yockletts Bank
    Yockletts Bank
    Yockletts Bank is a stretch of woodland situated in the North Downs near the village of Petham, Kent. The site is a nature reserve, owned and managed by Kent Wildlife Trust and is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest, designated in 1951.-Source:...

     (O.S. Map 179 )

Other reserves

(Some reserves have limited access.)
  • Brenchley Wood (OS Map 188 ): contains Roman
    Ancient Rome
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     remains, links to Julius Caesar
    Julius Caesar
    Gaius Julius Caesar was a Roman general and statesman and a distinguished writer of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the gradual transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire....

    's invasion of England
  • Broadham Down (OS Map 179 )
  • Burnt Oak Wood (RESTRICTED ACCESS)
  • Chiddingstone (OS Map 188 )
  • Collingwood (OS Map 188 )
  • Cowden Pound Pastures (OS Map 188 )
  • Denton Bank (OS Map 179 )
  • Downe Bank
    Downe Bank
    Downe Bank is a nature reserve owned and managed by the Kent Wildlife Trust in the North Downs, close to Downe in the London Borough of Bromley. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest together with the neighbouring High Elms Country Park...

     (OS Map 177 ): site linked to Charles Darwin
    Charles Darwin
    Charles Robert Darwin FRS was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestry, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection.He published his theory...

    's Down House
    Down House
    Down House is the former home of the English naturalist Charles Darwin and his family. It was in this house and garden that Darwin worked on his theories of evolution by natural selection which he had conceived in London before moving to Downe....

  • Fackenden Down (OS Map 188 )
  • The Gill (OS Map 188 )
  • Ham Fen (RESTRICTED ACCESS): one of a few sites where a colony of European Beavers was reintroduced in the UK
  • Hewitt's Chalk Bank (OS Map 177 )
  • Hunstead Wood (including Bigbury Wood, Joan Beech wood and South Blean Wood) (OS Map 179 )
  • Ivy Hatch (OS Map 188 )
  • Kiln Wood (OS Map 189 )
  • Oare Meadow (OS Map 178 )
  • Orlestone Forest (OS Map 189 )
  • Parsonage Wood (OS Map 188 )
  • Quarry Wood (OS Map 188 )
  • Ruxley Gravel Pits (OS Map 177 )
  • Sladden Wood (OS Map 179 )
  • Smallman's Wood (RESTRICTED ACCESS)
  • Stockbury Hill Wood (OS Map 178 )
  • Stone Wood (OS Map 189 )
  • Spong Wood (OS Map 179 )
  • Spuckles Wood & Kenneling Wood (OS Map 189 and )
  • Thornden Meadow (OS Map 179 )
  • Wattle Wood (OS Map 189 )
  • Westerham Mines (OS Map 188 )

Visitor centres

  • Bough Beech Visitor Centre (near Bough Beech
    Bough Beech
    Bough Beech is the location in the county of Kent, England, of Bough Beech Reservoir. It is located approximately three miles east of Edenbridge and five miles south west of Sevenoaks...

  • Reculver Visitor Centre (situated within Reculver
    Reculver is a hamlet and coastal resort situated about east of Herne Bay in southeast England. It is a ward of the City of Canterbury district in the county of Kent. Reculver once occupied a strategic location at the western end of the Wantsum Channel, between the Isle of Thanet and the Kent...

     Towers site)
  • Romney Marsh Visitor Centre (near Romney Marsh
    Romney Marsh
    Romney Marsh is a sparsely populated wetland area in the counties of Kent and East Sussex in the south-east of England. It covers about 100 mi ² .-Quotations:*“As Egypt was the gift of the Nile, this level tract .....

     (part of Romney Warren Country Park
    Romney Warren Country Park
    Romney Warren Country Park is near New Romney, in Kent, England. A former farm converted into a landscaped park and open-space area.This park is set on 11 hectares of converted farm land...

  • Tyland Barn Visitor Centre (near Maidstone
    Maidstone is the county town of Kent, England, south-east of London. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town linking Maidstone to Rochester and the Thames Estuary. Historically, the river was a source and route for much of the town's trade. Maidstone was the centre of the agricultural...

  • Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve Visitor Centre (near Sevenoaks
    Sevenoaks is a commuter town situated on the London fringe of west Kent, England, some 20 miles south-east of Charing Cross, on one of the principal commuter rail lines from the capital...


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