Seale Chalk Pit & Meadow

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Seale Chalk Pit & Meadow

No public access

A private nature reserve, this hidden gem on the Hogs Back contains fascinating geology and rare chalk flowers.

Location

Seale
Surrey
A static map of Seale Chalk Pit & Meadow

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Parking information

Closed - access by prior permission only

Access

Closed - access by prior permission only.

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Closed - access by prior permission only

Best time to visit

Not applicable

About the reserve

An old chalk quarry on the southern flank of the Hog’s Back, this private reserve is of particular interest for its geology and chalkland flowers and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The chalk formed in the Upper Cretaceous era some 65-80 million years ago and marks the boundary between the London Basin to the north and the Wealden anticline (where the rocks buckled up into a wide shallow dome) to the south; this is one of the few places in the area where this important feature can be examined.

A working quarry until the 1930s, Seale Chalk Pit was one of a series of small quarries along the Hog’s Back, but since its closure, it has been colonised by over 130 species of chalk grassland plants. These include bee, fly, common and spotted orchid, cowslip, spindle, eyebright, meadow cranesbill, cut-leaved cranesbill, red valerian, winter cress, wild teasel, hounds-tongue and musk mallow.

The reserve is a haven for butterfly species, with the holly blue, painted lady, green-veined white, common blue, speckled wood, peacock, brimstone, orange tip and comma all found on site.

Contact us

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

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)