The Southern Region is planning a photo walk in Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve. The reserve is a very special place as it is the largest yew wood in Europe. It was designated one of the country’s first National Nature Reserves in 1952.
Kingley Vale is known for its twisted and ancient yew trees and includes a grove of veteran trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain. Several are at least 500 years old, with the oldest measuring more than five metres in girth. It also has superb chalk grassland with an abundance of chalk-loving plants like birds’ foot trefoil, kidney vetch and fairy flax. You can also find 11 different species of orchid in the Reserve including bee, common spotted and frog.
The Reserve also contains one of the most important concentrations of well-preserved archaeological sites in southern England, including 14 Scheduled Monuments of which the Devil's Humps and Goosehill are the most prominent.
Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve (NNR) is 5km north west of Chichester. The Reserve is signposted from there and is about a 15 minute walk along an all access footpath from the car park to the main entrance. Here there is a small field centre with permanent displays and more information about the Reserve, beyond this point the terrain is more challenging and difficult for visitors with mobility issues.
A detailed brochure for the wood can be downloaded as a PDF here: Kingley Vale PDF
This is a free event open too both RPS members and non members but please book online so we know how many will be attending.
Meet at 11.00am in the Main Car Park (just past West Stoke PO18 9BE)