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Yockletts Bank

This must-see site for orchid aficionados has ancient woodland on a chalk escarpment with a clay cap. The slope of the valley supports mixed woodland of ash, hornbeam and beech with a hazel understorey.

This must-see site for orchid aficionados has ancient woodland on a chalk escarpment with a clay cap. The slope of the valley supports mixed woodland of ash, hornbeam and beech with a hazel understorey.

 

Regular coppicing maintains the diversity of woodland plants and animals, and several small areas of chalk grassland are kept open by mowing anually to further enhance the variety of wildlife. This is probably one of the best sites for the lady orchid and there are excellent colonies of twayblade, common spotted, early-purple, fly and other orchids.

 

Spring flowers are also prolific with violets, primrose, wood spurge and, on the clay cap, bluebells. There is a huge diversity of birds such as nightingale, warblers and great spotted, lesser spotted and green woodpeckers, whilst reptiles include adder, grass snake and slow-worm.

Nearby nature reserves

Spong Wood
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Park Gate Down - The Hector Wilks Reserve
3 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Broadham Down
4 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Yockletts Bank
Near Ashford
Kent
CT4 5PZ
Map reference
TR123477
Great for...
ancient trees
birdwatching
fungi
lichens and mosses
reptiles
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - May
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
23.00 hectares
Status
Ancient Woodland
Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
Not Wheelchair accessible. There are a kissing gate, slopes and a narrow gap. The paths are unsurfaced chalk/clay/grass, steep in parts and muddy when wet. Signboards 1.4m high.
Walking information
Please keep to the paths shown on the map to avoid distrubance to sensitive areas. Please note a kissing gate marks the entrance to the reserve.
Parking
Cars may be parked by the side of the road at the bottom of the hill, near Yockletts Farm, but please do not obstruct the road, which is frequently used by farm vehicles. The car park on the reserve is normally open only at weekends during the main orchid-flowering period of for group visits booked in advance.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Karen Weeks
Tel: 01622 662012
karen.weeks@kentwildlife.org.uk