The Leydene team

The Leydene team

The development of this Local Nature Reserve was continued recently with the installation of new steps in the middle of the site. Two years ago the abuse by motorcyclists was such that much of the area was a no go area and any furnishings were soon damaged.

Although the site still suffers from abuse this is now much more limited  and can be quickly dealt with by the site ranger Abi Peett. As well as two new waymarked trails there are now animal sculptures, interpretation panels and regular events.

The Buriton Chalk Pits are managed in a Heritage Lottery funded partnership involving the Country Park, the East Hants District Council and Buriton Parish. All the sites events and activities are covered on the Parish’s Community web-site at

Local company Leydene Fencing Ltd carried out the work putting in 16 steps which will improve access to the main quarry. For more information about their work go to

This Friday night the local bat group will be conducting a survey of the site to see what bats are present.