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Tyland Barn

Tyland Barn is the headquarters of the Kent Wildlife Trust. The restored 17th century barn, houses a large exhibition on wildlife and conservation. At various times of year the barn is home to bees, tadpoles and nesting birds.

There is a well stocked gift shop with animal homes, bird seed, bird feeders and an extensive range of maps and books on nature and local history. The cafe serves a selection of drinks, sandwiches and hot snacks.

The nature park is designed to represent, in miniature, the diverse range of habitats to be found in Kent. These include a large pond, meadow, chalk bank, hedge, scrub and even a shingle beach, where you can find all manner of native plant species.

There are numerous mini-beast homes, a bird watching hide, composting displays and a large 'green' picnic shelter.


Species and habitats

Meadow, Wetland, Woodland
Adder, Bee Orchid, Wasp Spider, Common Frog

Nearby nature reserves

Westfield Wood
1 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Blue Bell Hill
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
The Larches
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

ME14 3BD
Map reference
TQ 754593
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
The shop and cafe facilities at the barn are open to the public Wednesday - Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm & Saturday & Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm
Gift shop
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Disabled toilet
Baby changing
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Sandling village, 6.4km (4 miles) north of Maidstone on Blue Bell Hill (A229). The number 101 and 150 buses from Maidstone to Walderslade stop at Sandling (NB this may change in the future so call the bus compnay for details). From the Chatham direction, the 150 bus stops adjacent to the Barn.
Walking information
Disabled access to the barn and nature park (with it's short nature trail) is very good.
Parking on site.
Guide dogs only
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Kent Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01622 662012