Pink, purple and yellow chalk grassland flowers on a steep chalk escarpment overlooking the sea

Chalk Grassland

2025 target

730 ha creation; 770 ha enhancement and restoration of semi-improved chalk grassland

Current resource (Kent Habitat Survey 2012)

1159 ha UK BAP priority habitat


Kent supports around 5% of the UK’s chalk grassland habitat with around 2000 ha in total; 1159 ha being of the highest quality and a further 770 ha being semi-improved chalk grassland.

There are currently 4 projects underway in Kent targeting management, restoration and maintenance: Old Chalk New Downs hosted by Kent County Council; Natural England’s East Kent Focus Area; Darent Valley Partnership hosted by the Kent Downs AONB; White Cliffs Partnership hosted by Dover District Council.