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Chewton Bunny Nature Reserve

Information on Chewton Bunny Nature Reserve in Christchurch, including woodland wildlife, facilities and the coastal location.

A Bunny is a local name of unknown origin for a valley, equivalent to a Chine in Dorset or Glen in Scotland. Chewton Bunny is a Site of Nature Conservation Interest, rich in woodland wildlife including a number of Ancient Natural Woodland Indicator species. Mill House in the centre of the site, now a private residence, previously used a waterwheel in the Brook to mill grain and the site was a convenient smuggling route for contraband in the past. At the north end the Brook also passes under the first ever reinforced concrete bridge.

Nearest town:Highcliffe
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Nearest postcode:BH23 5JA
Nearest train station:Hinton Admiral
Nearest bus stop:Wharncliffe Road

The nearest car park is Highcliffe Cliff Top Car Park


Chewton Bunny is a short distance from central Highcliffe. Gravel footpath along steep sided valley. One flight of steps forms an optional route. No gates.

Habitat:Broadleaved woodland and freshwater stream
Look out for:Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage, wood anemone, nuthatch, woodpeckers, dog's mercury
Dogs allowed?Yes but under close control.
Size:5.5 ha
Managed by:Christchurch Borough Council Countryside Service
Site designationsSite of Nature Conservation Interest
What to do?A pleasant woodland walk alongside the Walkford Brook to the sea. Opportunities for watching wildlife, including woodland birds.
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