Littlebourne Nature Reserves

Littlebourne has two nature reserves:

1. The Cherry Orchard nature reserve at the entrance to Cherry Orchard off Court Hill and

2. A riverbank reserve along the Little Stour along Nargate Street (leased from Martin Twyman at a peppercorn annual rent)

River Bank Reserve

Mink Raft in situ on river
Letter to Riperian Owners
Letter to riperian neighbours June 2015.[...]
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Ducklings playing on the mink raft
Ducks enjoying the sunshine on the river reserve

Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve

The Nature Resrve is open most Sunday mornings, when the volunteers are onsite. Please come along and see what we have been up to between 10.30 -12noon.


Alternatively you can ring 01227 722132 and one of the volunteers can show you around at a prearranged time.


Look out for arranged open days where you can take part in various activities onsite.


Biennial maintenance program

The Trees and hedges which border the Cherry Orchard Estate will be cut  biennially by LPC.


Full listing of plant species found on Nature Reserve
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Winter scenes from The Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve - Feb 2021

Nature Reserve photos

The bat and bird boxes in situ in the nature reserve
The Nature Reserve pond
The Bug Hotel
Long Eared bat visit - found coming out of hibernation in Rogers living room in Littlebourne
Spring at Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve. Taken 12th April 2015
Spring flowers at Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve
Pyramid hop poles ready to grow wild hops
Bat monitoring in Cherry Orchard
Wild Garlic in Lee Priory Woods

Hall Bookings

To enquire about booking Littlebourne WMH please contact Gill Estcourt at or 01227 728444/07484 156524

Please try and call within office hours



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