Small scabious

© Kieron Huston

Chalk grassland with surrounding areas of woodland and scrub. Rich in wildflowers and insects.

Location

Located on the southern scarp of the North Downs north of Gomshall
Surrey

OS Map Reference

SU 899 482
A static map of Colekitchen Down

Know before you go

Parking information

No car park

Access

Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility

Dogs

Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Permit required - call 01483 795440

Best time to visit

April-June

About the reserve

Located on the southern scarp of the North Downs, Colekitchen is a valuable remnant of open unimproved chalk grassland. The surrounding areas of woodland and scrub create a warm, sheltered habitat.

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 can be found. Delicate chalkland grasses such as quaking grass and yellow oat grass, also grow on the site.

The rich flora supports a wide variety of butterfly species including chalkhill blue, adonis blue, small heath, brimstone, gatekeeper and marbled white.There are also many species of grasshopper, beetles and bugs.

Contact us

Contact number: 01483 795440
Contact email: info@surreywt.org.uk
Permit required