12.09 ha (29.87 acres)

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Danes Dyke was declared a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in 2002 in recognition of its wildlife value and its importance to the local community. This reserve is part of one of the finest stretches of coastland on the east coast, and is the most northerly outcrop of coastal chalk in the British Isles. It acquired its name from the ancient ditch and bank earthwork, which runs through the reserve. Carpets of snowdrops appear early in the year at Danes Dyke, preceded by yellow winter aconites during winter. As the year continues, vibrant bluebells appear on the woodland floor and listen out for the familiar call of the cuckoo to really know spring has arrived in the woods. The woodland edges and paths around the fields are good place to spot butterflies such as the ringlet or small tortoiseshell. The 3km circular Tree Trail starts from the display panel in the car park. You can also explore the trail in two shorter walks; a 1km walk through the woods in the south passing the beach, or a 2km walk through the woods in the northern half of the reserve.