East Blean Wood

Introduction

East Blean Wood

This nature reserve forms part of the Blean, one of England’s largest and most important areas of ancient woodland. East Blean Wood is internationally important, particularly for the rare heath fritillary butterfly.

Key habitats:
Ancient woodland, heathland

Ownership/management:
Kent Wildlife Trust

Size:
122 ha

Designations:
Special Area of Conservation, National Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Facilities available at this site

  • Parking
  • Disabled Access
  • Interpretation Panels

About the Site

This nature reserve forms part of the Blean, one of England’s largest and most important areas of ancient woodland. Many parts of the wood are managed specifically to increase numbers of the rare heath fritillary butterfly, by opening up glades and rides (wide tracks) and encouraging heathy vegetation. Much of the site is managed by coppicing, while in other areas, planted non-native conifers have been removed and regeneration of natural woodland encouraged. In spring, bluebells and wood anemone carpet the ground. Other wild flowers here include sanicle, common spotted orchid, lesser periwinkle and yellow archangel, while the key food plant for the heath fritillary is common cow wheat. The reserve also has a varied bird population and is a good place to see fungi in autumn.

Visiting

By car 

From the A291, south of Herne village, turn into Hicks Forstal Road. The reserve car park is about 1.5 miles on the left.

By bus 

Route numbers 4A, 4B, 6A and 6B go through Herne village and pass by the eastern end of Hicks Forstal Road. Route number 7 runs through the village of Hoath, passing the western end of Hicks Forstal Road.

 

Transport Links to this site

  • Bus

East Blean Wood Photo Gallery

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