The White Cliffs of Dover are one of the country’s most iconic landmarks.

Access to this site can be made from a roadside layby (see pin) on Upper Road. A track leads between the fields towards the clifftop.

The clifftop is chalk grassland and farmland part-owned by the National Trust, who in 2021 acquired further land, a wildflower meadow, which is now renamed as Dame Vera Lynn Down. The clifftop has a varied chalk flora, some rare, with a fascinating insect population. Birds that utilize the area include peregrine falcons which prey on the feral pigeons of Dover Harbour. A variety of corvids including jackdaws and sometimes northern ravens. The scrub attracts breeding whitethroats and other warblers, the grasslands breeding skylarks and meadow pipits as well as yellowhammers and corn buntings, and the cliffs breeding fulmars and gulls.  In a few years it may be possible to see red-billed chough as plans are underway for their introduction to this area.

During migration almost any species may turn up and wheatears, whinchat and stonechats are common. Wrynecks, shrikes, and bee-eaters may occur.  If you feel fit, you should check out the scrub that shelters tired migrants deep in Fan Bay.

At the east end of this site is the South Foreland Lighthouse. A lighthouse has been present on the site since the 1300s when a lantern was hung in a hermitage. The present one was built in 1846 and was used in conjunction with the lower light to warn sailors of the proximity of the Goodwin Sands. Three miles offshore, this ten-mile sandbank known as the Great Ship Swallower has claimed over two thousand vessels.

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Latitude / Longitude: 51.138025980081, 1.3488887236396

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