Picturesque rolling downland with chalk grassland flowers and butterflies, set in a working livestock farm as part of the wider Malling Downs area.
In many ways Southerham is an extension of Malling Down, for it lies right next to it. Southerham is much more than a working farm however, for it is a fabulous nature reserve in its own right. The flatter areas were farmed with arable crops for many decades, and have now reverted to coarse grassland, which will gradually improve with continued grazing effort.
More importantly there are several warm, south-facing slopes, which are alive with butterflies in mid-summer.