Dryhill Local Nature Reserve

Dryhill Local Nature Reserve is on a former quarry site, and the landscape makes it ideal for families and amateur geologists to explore.

Situated in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dryhill is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The exceptional structure of its rocks and fossils led to it becoming the first ‘geological’ Local Nature Reserve in Kent.

Dryhill is part of Regionally Important Geological Sites (RIGS), geological sites that are important for historical, scientific research or educational reasons. The Kent RIGS Group, English Nature and Local Authorities work together to protect and maintain them for these purposes. For more information visit Kent RIGS

The quarry closed in the 1950s and since then nature has reclaimed the site, creating woodlands that are ideal for picnics.

The rocks at Dryhill are of great research and educational value as they allow geologists to understand the environmental conditions that existed during the Lower Cretaceous, an important part of our geological history. Exceptional rock formations exposed on the site called Hythe Beds are thought to have been deposited approximately 115 million years ago.

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