Coulters Dean Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Entry feeDonations welcome
Parking informationPark at Buriton Pond.
Grazing animalsSheep in autumn
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.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitIn 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. 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.