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Dews Farm Sandpits

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

Invertebrates: Hoverfly, field grasshopper, common blue, small tortoiseshell, peacock butterfly

Mammals: Rabbit

Plants: Common-spotted orchid, oxeye daisy, knapweed, agrimony, centaury

 

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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Reserve information

Location
Harvil Road, Harefield
Hillingdon
Greater London
UB9 6JW
Map reference
TQ060882
Great for...
butterflies
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
1.20 hectares
Parking
Parking available in surrounding streets
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
No
Reserve manager
Roger Taylor
Tel: 01895 448 028
enquiries@wildlondon.org.uk