Wye National Nature Reserve

Wye National Nature Reserve


Wye National Nature Reserve has a beautiful and varied landscape of chalk downland, woodland and scrub on the steep slope of the North Downs.

The reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife, including moths, insects and orchids that are important for national and international conservation efforts.
Wye NNR comprises chalk grassland and woodland on steep coombes. There are spectacular views over the Romney Marsh and Weald. There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy a walk around the reserve thanks to the Public Rights of Way passing through it.

The reserve is 2 km south east of the town of Wye and 6 km north east of Ashford. By car access to Wye is via minor roads from the A28. The reserve's eastern boundary is marked by a minor road from Wye to the village of Hastingleigh and there is a car park on this road next to the reserve. The site's chalk grassland is notable for the range of orchids it supports, 21 species having been recorded at the site including lady orchid, fly orchid and the rare late and early spider orchid and man orchid. As well as grassland the reserve encompasses areas of scrub, woodland and over 3.5 km of hedgerows; these habitats support around 50 breeding bird species including nightingale, hawfinch, lesser spotted woodpecker and kestrel. Reptiles found here include adder, grass snake, slow worm and common lizard.

Opening times:
Open all the time.

There is a 4 km nature trail (steep in places) through the reserve and leaflets and signs are available for visitor information. Located near to the reserve is the Devil's Kneading Trough - one of a series of narrow dry valleys cut into the North Downs.
The nearest train station is Wye (2 miles).Cycling, walking and riding are all allowed. Parking available.

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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015