Southern marsh orchid

© Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

A clay extraction site that is now a haven for many chalk grassland species. Managed on behalf of Mole Valley District Council.


North Holmwood
Nearest Postcode: RH5 4JH

OS Map Reference

A static map of Inholms Claypit

Know before you go

8 hectares

Parking information

No car park - access on foot via Holmbury Drive


Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility


Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to August

About the reserve

Formerly a clay extraction site for brick making, Inholms Claypit has been transformed into a haven for wildlife. The reserve now features a mixture of open grassland and young woodland and has large populations of orchid and butterfly species.

The grassland feature a variety of wildflowers including common spotted orchids and southern marsh orchid, whilst bluebells, dogs mercury and wood anemone can be found in the wooded areas.

The site supports a number of butterfly species including green hairstreak and dingy skipper. Other invertebrates include Roessel’s bush cricket and burrowing insects such as bees and solitary wasps.

Also look out for the common lizard and birds such as buzzard, woodcock and siskin.

Contact us

Contact number: 01483 795440
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

Location map

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