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Colekitchen Down

This reserve consists of open unimproved chalk grassland with surrounding areas of woodland and scrub.

Located on the southern scarp of the North Downs, Colekitchen covers a valuable remnant of open unimproved chalk grassland. The surrounding areas of woodland and scrub, mostly outside the reserve, enhance the warm, sheltered aspect.

The grassland shows typical plant associations of chalk grassland on the North Downs. Small scabious, salad burnet, marjoram and basil are common. In areas of shorter grassland, often around the ant hills, smaller plants such as fairy flax, wild thyme, yellow wort, rock rose and autumn gentian are able to compete. Whilst wood brome, cocksfoot and false oat grass are often common, the more delicate chalkland grasses, such as quaking grass and yellow oat grass, are also well represented.

The rich flora supports a wide variety of butterfly species including chalkhill blue, adonis blue, small heath, brimstone, gatekeeper and marbled white. Additionally the insect community is diverse with many species of grasshopper, beetles and bugs.

Permit required, please contact the Trust

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Nearby nature reserves

Hackhurst Downs
1 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
Shere Woodlands (inc. West Hanger, Combe Bottom & Netley Plantation)
1 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
White Downs
2 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust

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Colekitchen Lane
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TQ 084 488
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Apr - Jun
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2.56 hectares
Dogs must be on lead
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Tel: 01483 795440