Blean Woods National Nature Reserve

Blean Woods National Nature Reserve


Blean Woods are the biggest in Kent and, in addition to their fundamental interest as ancient woodlands, they encircle a number of beautiful villages with pubs, where you can eat and drink, places to visit and local businesses where you can buy a range of local products.

One of the largest areas of deciduous woodland in south-east England, Blean Woods has a wealth of wildlife to discover. Around 35 pairs of the legendary nightingale sing, delightfully, each spring, from thick coppice that also holds willow warbler, blackcap and garden warbler. The great blocks of woodland are also vital for breeding birds with significant populations of nightingale, nightjar and golden oriole. There are two areas of heather-dominated heath within the Blean Woods complex. The heathland is home to nightjar, tree pipit and whitethroat. There are many ponds in the Blean; some are known to support populations of great crested newts.

The 180-year-old oakwood supports three species of woodpecker as well as nuthatch, tree creeper, tawny owl, woodcock and many common species.

In summer the broad rides and sunny glades are animated with butterflies and other insects. In June, look out for the very uncommon heath fritillary butterfly - whose caterpillars feed on cow-wheat.

Opening times

Open all the time (car park hours 8am to 9pm)


Walking allowed


Picnic area

Public transport

Visitor guide

Paths are largely suitable for electric scooters.

The nearest train stations are Canterbury East or Canterbury West (2 miles).

Two new self guided circular walks have been published.

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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015