Lexden Gathering Grounds

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Lexden Gathering Grounds: Parts of the 23 acre site has planted with Scots pine and with beech and oak. Between the woodlands lies a valley with semi-natural woodland of birch and ash on the steep slopes and a partially wooded marsh at the bottom, with a meadow beyond it.

The valley has bluebell and climbing corydalis, an uncommon plant typical of old woodland on sandy soils. The marsh has moschatel and old hazel and alder coppice. The meadow grassland is acidic with sheep's sorrel dominant over large areas.

Great spotted woodpeckers, sparrowhawks and many other woodland birds are present. Fox and badger forage on the site. In the meadow in summer you will see the commoner brown butterflies and small copper, whose caterpillars feed on sheep sorrel.

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The entrance is on Cooks Lane off Cymbeline Way (A133), about 50m from its junction with the A12 at Lexden Road.

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Bus services run along Lexden Road to the south.

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Never closes

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Free

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