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Darland Banks

Sweeping panoramic views are not what you expect to find in the heart of the Medway towns but this site has long defied convention. This is our most diverse reserve which is home to the largest population of Man Orchids in the country.

This charming reserve provides a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Medway. With around 43 hectares of chalk grassland, scrub and woodland on south facing slopes, this site is home to a wide range of species.

Management is aimed at controlling scrub encroachment on grassland areas while retaining areas of young scrub for bird breeding and feeding habitat.

Nearby nature reserves

Nashenden Down
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Queendown Warren
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Blue Bell Hill
4 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Star Lane
Nr Gillingham
Map reference
TQ 792 654
Great for...
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Jun - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
45.00 hectares
Wheelchair accessible. There are some medium mobility kissing gates/chicane, The paths are grass and narrow, some are steep and uneven channelled, When wet the paths are slippery on exposed chalk.
Walking information
Paths are steep and uneven in places.
Limited car parking available.
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Cattle and Exmoor ponies at various times of the year.
Reserve manager
Alison Ruyter
Tel: 01622 662012