A thriving acid grassland habitat, reclaimed by nature and alive with flowers and butterflies in summer
This unusual nature reserve was once a mineral quarry, since reclaimed by nature. The grassland is striking, with hollows and banks providing sheltered hummocks of acid grassland which come alive in summer with insects.
A colony of rabbits grazes the grassland, leading to an abundance of wildflowers that you can now see in open areas.
Species you can see at Dews Farm Sand Pits
History of Dews Farm Sand Pits
Dews Farm was once a mineral quarry, abandoned several decades ago when sand and gravel extraction ended. Nature has reclaimed the site and now a fascinating array of wildlife is present.
Facilities at Dews Farm Sand Pits
There are no facilities available at the reserve.
How to get to Dews Farm Sandpits
The entrance is in Harvil Road, opposite New Years Green Lane, just south of Harefield. The U9 bus stops along this road, and the nearest station is Ickenham, two-and-a-half miles away.
Opening times for Dews Farm Sandpits
Open at all times.
Accessibility at Dews Farm Sandpits
The terrain can be difficult, particularly in poor weather, and is steep in places. The nature trail through the site includes some steps.
Status of Dews Farm Sandpits
Site of Borough Importance
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