Hothfield Common TN26 1HD is owned by Ashford Borough Council and is managed by Kent Wildlife Trust. It fifty-eight hectares of heathland and lowland bogs (a rare habitat), open heath and secondary woodland. Formerly managed by livestock grazing, this ceased in the early 20th century, leading to the invasion of bracken and birch. Habitat management by KWT is helping to restore the habitat which is of floral interest.

It has heather, cross-leaved heath, bog asphodel, bog myrtle, round-leaved sundew and it is one of the few places you guarantee to find the heath spotted orchid.

There are four waymarked routes, and it is possible to walk a circular route looking out for minotaur and green tiger beetles.

In the wetter areas check for keeled skimmer dragonflies, the slimmest of the blue-bodied dragonflies, rare in northern Europe where is a denizen of bogs.

It is only in the boggy areas, which have boardwalks, that you will see the round-leaved sundew.

In spring and autumn look out for woodlark or tree pipits, pausing on passage.

 

Best time to visit:
June to August for the keeled skimmer.

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Latitude / Longitude: 51.178137930353, 0.81955262925261

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