Kingley Vale Trail Chichester England, PO18 9BS

The reserve contains one of the finest yew forests in western Europe, including a grove of ancient trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain. Main habitats: Yew woodland and lowland chalk grassland County: West Sussex Why visit:…

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The reserve contains one of the finest yew forests in western Europe, including a grove of ancient trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain.

Main habitats: Yew woodland and lowland chalk grassland County: West Sussex

Why visit: Kingley Vale is known for its twisted and ancient yews and includes a grove of veteran trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain. It also has superb chalk grassland and is one of the most important archaeological sites in southern England, with 14 scheduled ancient monuments.

Star species: look out for green woodpeckers hunting for ants on the grassland, as well as red kites and buzzards. There are also butterflies galore, including the beautiful chalk hill blue, holly blue and brimstone.

Access: the terrain at Kingley Vale, including the Nature Trail, is steep and difficult in places and not suitable for wheelchairs.

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