Park Gate Down

This ancient chalk grassland has a long history of grazing and a very rich flora including cowslip, violet, as well as early purple, common-spotted, fragrant, monkey, man, lady, bee, greater-butterfly, late spider and musk orchids. There are also several other unusual flowering plants, such as columbine and slender bedstraw. The surrounding woodland and scrub attract many feeding and breeding birds, including nightingale, green and great spotted woodpeckers, yellowhammer, linnet, whitethroat, garden warbler, the occasional hawfinch, sparrowhawk and hobby.


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  • Access: Take the A2 towards Dover and the B2065 to Elham. Just before Elham take a right turn into Park Gate and then the second road on left. Car park just beyond reserve gate.