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Magnificent coastal site overlooking the English Channel
These high chalk cliffs look out onto the English Channel, giving far-reaching views towards the French coast.
The best way to see the cliffs is to take a walk along the coastal path towards South Foreland Lighthouse. You’ll get a great view of the cliffs and also see the chalk grassland that’s home to so many unusual plants and insects like the chalkhill blue butterfly and the pyramidal orchid.
The cliffs also have a special place in our national history and they were used for defence in both World Wars. You can see reminders of this past at the newly opened Fan Bay Deep Shelter a complex of hidden Second World War tunnels hidden within the chalk.
We're taking part in a nationwide coastal BioBlitz to see what butterflies and insects live by the coast. We're also doing our annual survey for the Straw Belle moth, it's pretty rare, but easy to see as it's a day flyer. The moth makes its home on the chalk grassland here and is almost exclusively found in Kent.
- Wednesday, 29 July 2015 1:30 pm - 4pm, no booking needed