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Hothfield Heathlands Nature Reserve

#1 of 3 things to do in Hothfield Features Animals
Cades Road, Hothfield TN26 1HD, England
+44 1622 662012
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Acres to roam and the Highland Cattle are beautiful

I went in search of the Highland Cattle, only 6 there, but they are beautiful, I didn't find any... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2017
carol g
Chatham, United Kingdom
The best around

A super place, mixture of sights from bracken, shrubs plants trees to insects sheep and highland... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2016
Lisey L
London, United Kingdom
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Owned by Ashford Borough council, managed by Kent Wildlife Trust, Hothfield Heathlands is Kent's best example of acid bog and heathland. It contains a range of heathland specialists including keeled skimmer dragonfly, round leaved sundew, bog asphodel and heath-spotted orchid.The site is open to visitors 365 days a year.
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Cades Road, Hothfield TN26 1HD, England
+44 1622 662012
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

I went in search of the Highland Cattle, only 6 there, but they are beautiful, I didn't find any Konic Ponies, and these weren't mentioned on the board, so not sure if they are still there. Very muddy in areas, so wear suitable footwear, some...More

Thank carol g
Ian R, Manager at Hothfield Heathlands Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

Hi, glad you enjoyed your visit. The Konic ponies are currently grazing other Kent Wildlife Trust nature reserves. The cattle are much better at managing heathlands, so we are currently using them, supplemented by some Herdwick sheep. Unfortunately the local authority run toilet block is...More

Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

A super place, mixture of sights from bracken, shrubs plants trees to insects sheep and highland cattle (very laid back and safe). Doesn't take long to learn all the various footpaths, which are also thoughtfully signed. Can take a leisurely stroll around the outside perimeter/...More

1  Thank Lisey L
Reviewed 23 July 2016

Hothfield Heathlands/Common is a popular area of open space enjoyed by many. Visit early on a summer's morning and you will meet dog owners enjoying a cool walk before the day heats up. But, then, you may not meet them - the common is large...More

Thank Jackie G
Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

Beautiful landscape that's been brought back to life by the Kent Wildlife Trust. So peaceful, it's almost like being in the New Forest. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 19 January 2016 via mobile

I adore Hothfield. I visit here regularly and the beauty of the area still staggers me. It's one of the few proper remaining heathlands in Kent and it is, in my opinion the finest. Brilliantly managed, dog friendly, flat and accessible as well as frequent...More

1  Thank Gordon M
Reviewed 8 September 2015

This reserve which contains rare heathland and some woodland is a great place to visit if you love nature. Plenty of birds - you can see Yellowhammers and Spotted Flycatchers plus lots of Green and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers. In winter many Snipe use the boggy...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 4 August 2015

It has been many years since visiting Hothfield Common. Living very close by and a very mixed day weather wise we thought lets have another look around. Good car parking cross the road and your in. The weather was sunny yet quite breezy so a...More

1  Thank Perek24
Reviewed 27 July 2015

A great place to explore a variety of habitats, from bogs to heathlands and mature woodland. Interesting flora and fauna, great bird watching. You don't have to be an ecologist to appreciate this special site.

1  Thank Apicius1
Reviewed 24 July 2015

lucky enough to live near this, great for families, kids, couples and dogs. Be aware of the highland cattle and ponies that run free on the land, they are however fairly tame and will walk away from humans

Thank Hayley C
Reviewed 19 December 2014

Hothfield has acres of wide open space in which to roam, with a variety of habitats - part wooded, but mostly heathland and bogs. Every season brings something different. Bring your boots, binoculars and camera.

1  Thank TWSS601
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Ruby C
28 June 2017|
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Response from Ian R | Property representative |
Hi Ruby. Our highland cattle live long and happy lives. Our oldest animal currently is 22 years old. However there comes a point when they are too old to cope and we need to consider their welfare. Some of the cattle do... More