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Dollypers Hill

A mixture of woodland and grassland in an urban area of Surrey.

Situated in an urban area of Surrey, Dollypers Hill is a mixture of different habitats, including ancient woodland, scrub and chalk grassland.

The wooded section at the northern end of the reserve consists of old ash and hazel coppice with some maple.

The reserve is managed to encourage a variety of wildlife and coppicing in the northern section of the reserve has allowed many of the flowering plants to flourish, with bluebells dominating the clay area and dogs mercury dominating the chalk areas. Sheets of wood anemone are also abundant.

The slopes to the West have small chains of good chalk flora and contain plants such as grass vetchling, eyebright, kidney vetch, birds-foot trefoil and quaking grass.

Birds that have been spotted in the area over the years range from sparrowhawk and kestrels to goldcrests and willow tits. Uncommon visitors include birds such as the hawfinch and brambling.

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Riddlesdown SSSI
1 miles - London Wildlife Trust
Shabden Park
3 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
Quarry Hangers
3 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Three miles south of Croydon
Map reference
TQ 315 584
Great for...
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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11.63 hectares
Ancient Woodland
Access from Old Lodge Lane (north) & Caterham Drive (south)
Dogs allowed
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Tel: 01483 795440