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Polhill Bank

The 'Bank' is almost four hectares of chalk grassland on a southeast-facing hillside with commanding views of the Darenth Valley.

The 'Bank' is almost four hectares of chalk grassland on a southeast-facing hillside with commanding views of the Darenth Valley. Many common chalk grassland flowers can be found on this reserve. It is a good place to see a wide variety of insects, including many species of butterfly. The rufous grasshopper is also found here. The scrub provides a valuable habitat for many birds, including blackcap and willow warbler. One of the more unusual plants here is common dodder, which can be found in great abundance in some years growing as a parasite on rock-rose

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Woodland
Species
Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Rock-rose, Yellowhammer

Nearby nature reserves

Fackenden Down
1 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Hewitt's Chalk Bank
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve and Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Shoreham
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN14 7SP
Map reference
TQ510605
Great for...
butterflies
getting away from it all
reptiles
stunning views
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
4.00 hectares
Status
Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)
Access
No

Not Wheelchair accessible. As the reserve is on a hillside, some paths are steep and uneven in places. There are kissing gates at the entrances.
Walking information
From the pub, the reserve can be reached by walking over the footbridge and following the footpath to the right. Walking from Sepham Farm, turn right up Filston Lane and turn left on to footpath across fields to the reserve. As the reserve is on a hillside, some paths are steep and uneven in places. There are kissing gates at the entrances.
Parking
Park at the layby on the A224 near the Polhill Arms pub (TQ504603) or at Sepham Farm on Filston Lane.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Sheep and cows
Reserve manager
Paul Glanfield
Tel: 01622 662012
info@kentwildlife.org.uk