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Patmore Heath

An outstanding example of grass heathland, now a scarce habitat in the south east of England.

Patmore Heath is an outstanding example of grass heathland, now a scarce habitat in the south east. With its ponds, the reserve is rich in flora and insects. The heath is typified by wavy hair grass, red and sheep's fescue grasses and sweet vernal grass, with characteristic summer herbs such as heath bedstraw and sheep's sorrel. In damper areas the locally rare heath rush and galingale can be found. The ponds support all three native newts, including the locally rare palmate newt, plus plants such as creeping jenny and lesser spearwort.

 

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Aubrey Buxton Nature Reserve
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Reserve information

Location
Off Albury Road at Gravesend village
Little Hadam
Hertfordshire
SG11 2LS
Map reference
TL 441 257
Great for...
reptiles
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
8.40 hectares
Access
Access to the reserve is open at all times. There are unsurfaced footpaths around the reserve.
Walking information
Good walking shoes recommended. Closeby: Hertfordshire Way
Parking
Parking alongside the common, on the right (with woods on your left).
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Yes
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901
info@hmwt.org