Encompassing Kent’s last surviving valley bog and one of its few remaining heathlands, Hothfield Common is a very special nature reserve.
Bog, heathland, grassland, fen, ponds, woodland
Ashford Borough Council, Kent Wildlife Trust
Site of Special Scientific Interest, Local Nature Reserve
Facilities available at this site
- Waymarked Trail
- Interpretation Panels
About the Site
A diverse landscape unusual in Kent, Hothfield Heathlands has Kent’s only remaining valley bog habitat, along with heathland, acid grassland, fen, ponds and woodland.
Agricultural modernisation and other factors have led to losses of these habitats and left the common as an oasis for rare and specialised wildlife such as the sundew. Like the Venus fly-trap, this tiny plant is carnivorous, enticing insects with sweet dew-like liquid on its leaves, which then envelop its victim. Other bog-dwelling plants include bog asphodel and the sphagnum mosses which, when they die, form the layers of peat in the mire. The bog is a sensitive habitat that must not be walked on – please keep to the boardwalks on site.
The reserve is carefully managed, by grazing and other means, to conserve its plants, insects (including many dragonflies, which can be seen in summer) and other wildlife, including lichens, fungi, veteran trees, superb insect fauna (including the keeled skimmer dragonfly), amphibians (including great crested newt) and good bird fauna (including the tree pipit).
Parking and main access on Cade Road, which is off the A20 near Hothfield village.
Route numbers 123 and 10x run close to the site
Transport Links to this site
Hothfield Heathlands Photo Gallery
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