GH Dean - Throwley
Local Planning Authority: Swale
National Character Areas: North Kent Plain; North Downs
OS grid ref: TR 00242 57093
Habitat units available
546.49 units are available across the following habitats:
284.25 - Other neutral grassland (Medium Distinctiveness)
Heathland and Shrub
29.09 - Mixed scrub (Medium Distinctiveness)
231.14 - Other woodland; Broadleaved (Medium Distinctiveness)
2.01 - Lowland mixed deciduous woodland (High Distinctiveness)
This 86 ha site is located within the District of Swale approximately 4.5km south of Faversham, with the village of Sheldwich to the east and North Wilderton to the West. It is surrounded by a patchwork of farmland and priority woodlands interspersed with small villages.
The site falls within the Kent Downs National Landscape (aka Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) , famed for its quaint ragstone villages nestled among a network of ancient bluebell woodlands and internationally rare chalk grasslands.
Around half of the site’s extensive croplands will be transformed into a large broadleaved woodland that joins up existing small woodland fragments with a wider woodland network across the landscape. This will provide important nesting and feeding sites for birds while also storing carbon.
Other parts of the site will become semi-natural grasslands, which are particularly important for flowering plants, pollinators, and wintering birds.