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Bull Heath

Location: Bull Lane, Lenham Heath

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Size: 13 acres

Bull Heath is often described as ‘magical’ because it’s lichen/moss carpet makes it a very unusual site. Since purchasing the site we have improved access, coppiced, cleared around the “pond” (yes we know there is no water in it) and installed some benches. Coppicing is important in this site to provide better habitats for birds and insects and to enable the lichen and mosses to flourish. Coppicing needs to be undertaken regularly event, so if you walk through and see trees being cut down, don’t be alarmed it is in the long term benefit to all. We are very grateful to the Kent Wildlife Trust for the management plan they provided for this site and their continued advice. Bull Heath is a Local Wildlife Site.

A number of habitats have developed within this disused sandpit. Bull Heath has two large sandy cliffs, which are colonized by sand martins, burrowing bees and rabbits, an open expanse of rabbit grazed grassland, colonised by a wide variety of lichens, mosses, fine grasses and small herbs, as well as a wooded perimeter, inhabited by warblers, woodpeckers and turtle doves.

The lichen/moss carpet is at it’s best from February to March, but this site is also a lovely place for picnics in the summer, when you can watch the sand martins flying overhead (please take your rubbish home with you!).

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We are very grateful for the grants that funded the purchase of this site, provided by the Countryside Agency, Mid Kent Downs Countryside Partnership and Rail Link Countryside Initiative, Kent County Council.


Heaths Countryside Corridore

Charity No: 1097080 Company No: 4504311

This project has been made possible by the enormous help of the Rail Link Countryside Initiative (David Standen), Mid-Kent Downs Project (Sally Evans, Mike Phillips), Kentish Stour Countryside Project (Debbie Adams) and Kent Wildlife Trust (Neil Coombes) to whom we are very grateful.


Mid Kent Downs Countryside Partnership KSCP KWT Kent Downs
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MBC Ashford Borough Council

Our Supporters

We are particularly grateful to the following supporters of the Heaths Countryside Corridor. If you’d like a link to your company to appear here, become a Corporate Member of HCC!

AJ & NM Carr Ltd (Coach company)
Pivington Mill, Pluckley, Tel: 01233 840651

CL2 (Hairdresser)
Cranbrook, 01580 715456, enquiries@cl2.co.uk, www.cl2.co.uk

Grafty Green Gardening Club

JKW Alexander Ltd (local farm)
Sandway, 01622 858348, kennethalexander@btconnect.com

Lenham Ironmongers Ltd (Household Stores)
Lenham, 01622 858286

Sharen Cain (certified accountant)
Lenham Heath, 01622 851851, sharen.cain@btconnect.com

The White Horse (Traditional Brithish & Authentic Mexican Cuisine)
Sandway, 01622 859511,  www.the-white-horse.com

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