Know before you go
Uneven grass paths, some steep slopes
Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
Two railway cuttings excavated around 100 years ago are now an important mosaic of scrub and grassland. The work exposed calcareous soil and the resulting grassland supports a number of plant species which are rare in the county. Over 160 species of flowering plant have been recorded, including knapweed and scabious. Adder's-tongue fern is found in some areas that are shaded by scrub.
The denser scrub provides winter feeding grounds for birds including fieldfare, redwing and wheatear and makes good nesting sites for lesser whitethroat, yellowhammer and linnet. The margins between scrub and grassland are significant for butterflies - seventeen species have been recorded.