Wraik Hill & Foxes Cross

Introduction

Wraik Hill & Foxes Cross

An area of pasture, scrub and woodland with lovely views across Whitstable and the Seasalter Levels.

Key habitats:

Neutral grassland, scrub, woodland

Ownership/Management:

Canterbury City Council, Kent Wildlife Trust

Size:

21 ha

Designations:

Local Nature Reserve, Local Wildlife Site

Facilities available at this site

  • Parking

About the Site

Wraik Hill is an area of small fields, scrub and woodland to the south west of Whitstable. Wraik Hill and Foxes Cross Bottom are deemed locally important as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and Local Wildlife Site (LWS) and in the summer many warblers and nightingales nest in the scrub.

Canterbury City Council manage the land in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust and under the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme objectives set by Natural England – the government body for nature. The land is grazed using ponies and Highland cattle which help to keep the grass short and allows a wide range of grassland species to grow, including spiny rest-harrow. In places the site is very steep, but the steepest point holds excellent views out over the Seasalter Levels out towards the Isle of Sheppey: well worth the climb!

Visiting

By car

The site is located off the Thanet Way (A299) roundabout to Whitstable and Blean, signposted Wraik Hill. Minimal on-street parking.

By bus

Route numbers 4, 4A, 4X, 6, 6A and 6X passes close to the site – get off at the A299 roundabout then walk up Wraik Hill.

By bike

National Cycle Route 1 passes close to the site.

Transport Links to this site

  • Bike
  • Bus