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Hexton Chalk Pit

A small reserve full of chalk grassland herbs and grasses, with wonderful views of the surrounding landscape.

This reserve is almost unique, an old chalk pit with good quality herb-rich grassland. The bare chalk has been colonised naturally by fine-leaved fescue grasses and chalk-loving plants such as horseshoe vetch, yellow-wort, milkwort and rockrose. Five species of orchid and the uncommon slender tare are also present. There is a large colony of chalkhill blue butterflies on the reserve, on the wing from mid July.

 

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Nearby nature reserves

Barton Gravel Pit
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Pegsdon Hills and Hoo Bit
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Oughtonhead
4 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Off Hexton Road, south of Hexton
Hexton
Hertfordshire
SG5 3JP
Map reference
TL 107 299
Great for...
butterflies
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
1.90 hectares
Access
Access to the reserve is open at all times. Some steep slopes; generally dry ground due to free draining nature of chalk grassland.
Walking information
Close to Icknield Way
Parking
yes
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901
info@hmwt.org