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Coulters Dean

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Butterfly Orchid

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 Muslin Moth


5 Spot Burnet Moth

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Green Hairstreak and grass Vetchling

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Dingy Skipper and Germander Speedwell

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Latticed Heath Moth and Horseshoe Vetch

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Common Spotted Orchid

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4 hectares

Entry fee

Donations welcome

Parking information

Park at Buriton Pond.

Grazing animals

Sheep in autumn

Walking trails

Unsurfaced bridleway runs through the reserve, which can be wet and muddy. Gently sloping ground throughout. Gate into grassland has steep 1m slope. Some bare chalk that is slippery when wet.


Contact the Trust for disabled access information.

GU31 5RX takes you to the Five Bell pub in Buriton.
From the A3 just south of Petersfield (travelling both north and south) turn left onto the B2070 towards Petersfield. At the roundabout go straight over for Buriton.

Bus stop: Buriton House (1 mile). Petersfield to Buriton route (Countryliner). Walk towards the village pond then follow the directions below.

Park at Buriton Pond. From the pond take a footpath across the bottom of the meadows behind the church, turning right along an old cart track known as the Milky Way, up onto the South Downs (3/4 mile). When you reach a road turn right and after 150m the reserve entrance is on the bend.


Under effective control

No dogs in fenced enclosure due to sensitive wildlife.

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

In the summer this reserve comes to life with Clustered Bellflower, Round-Headed Rampion and Small Scabious.

About the reserve

This small woodland and chalk grassland haven is a valued refuge for a number of scarce butterflies and plants. The bridleway running through the reserve links with the South Downs footpaths, which you can follow if you are looking for a longer walk.

Coulters Dean nature reserve is home to Small Blue butterflies, Green Hairstreaks and Chalkhill Blues. There was a time a few years ago when the nationally rare butterfly the Duke of Burgundy was found on site.  However it hasn't been seen here for many years, and is probably extinct, despite that there is adequate areas of scrubby downland and good areas of Cowslips, scattered around the downland. The grassland is spectacular in the spring and summer, with beautiful drifts of colour from the wildflowers carpeting the meadow, where you may see up to 11 species of wild orchid. If you look closely, you might see the interestingly named Cheese Snail, so called because its shell resembles a round loaf of cheese.



Could the Duke of Burgundy ever return to this site? yes it was seen in 2023 (3) individuals by the transect recorder and the South Downs ranger.

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