image for Nature Reserve item typeSouth Blean

Nature Reserve


Kent Wildlife Trust

01622 662012


Chartham Hatch,


South Blean is part of the wider Blean living landscape stretching through a 16km arc to the west and north of Canterbury. The reserve, which has been established by a series of acquisitions between 1966 and 2006, covers some 329 hectares of mixed native deciduous woodland, conifer and sweet chestnut plantations, as well as bog and heath.

Great for: ancient trees, birdwatching, butterflies, fungi, spring flowers and wildflowers.

Walking: There are some steep slopes and very wet and muddy paths in winter.

Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)


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Map reference: TR 092570  Lat: 51.27383 Long: 0.99928

The best access is by public footpath or country lanes from Selling Station or Chartham Hatch. There is very limited parking at Hunstead Wood on Primrose Hill at Chartham Hatch.


  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)