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Nemo Down

Cattle (c) J Newman

Nemo Down forms the north facing slope of the same Local Wildlife Site as Whinless Down and is owned by Kent Wildlife Trust. 

A lack of grazing in recent years had allowed areas of scrub to dominate the parts of the slope and tor grass to become the dominant grass species.  Surveys in 2001 revealed a variety of both grass species and broad leaved plants typical of chalk downland communities. 

The removal of scrub and the reintroduction of grazing is beginning to encourage the fine turf chalk grassland species to return.  The close proximity of Whinless Down provides the potential for the return of notable invertebrate species such as the adonis blue, chalkhill blue, small blue, silver spotted skipper and straw belle moth.