Access: Thrashers Lane

Grid ref: SZ 00544 84775

Ownership: Forest Enterprise

Designation: SSSI, SAC, SPA, Ramsar

Restrictions: Open Access Land, please keep dogs on a lead.

The Reserve

Newton Gully is 21.5 hectares of mainly dry heath. Its a long linear reserve with the defining feature of a large gully which runs through the length of the reserve east to west. The south facing aspect of the steep gully sides make ideal basking areas for sand lizards. The area is predominantly pine plantation so management of the reserve is ongoing. Other species of interest on the reserve include Dartford warbler and nightjar.

A Little History

Due to its location Newton Gully was used for clay extraction around the mid 1800’s. In 1845 the horse drawn Goathorn Pier to Newton Clay Works was opened by Charlotte and Rev. Richard Fayle and Dr Benjamin Guy Babington. This was in operation until 1930.

Species you might spot :


Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis)  

Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara

Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis

Grass Snake (Natrix natrix

Adder (Vipera berus


Common Toad (Bufo bufo

Palmate Newt (Lissotriton helveticus)

Common Frog (Rana temporaria


Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata)

Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)

Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)

Hobby (Falco subbutteo)


Grayling (Hipparchia semele)


Southern Hawker (Aeshna cynea)

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)

Golden ringed (Cordulegaster boltonii)

This is by no means a comprehensive list of species on the reserve