Queendown Warren Nature Reserve
80 hectares of chalk downland renowned for its variety of orchids of which 10 are regularly recorded. The main car park at Warren Lane gives easy access to the East and Main Bank and Potter’s Wood. The Main Bank is best for early spider, bee, fragrant and man orchids. A wide variety of butterflies occur here including the beautiful Adonis blue introduced by Kent Wildlife Trust in 2002. Adders and slow worms are relatively common and glow worms light up the grass on July evenings. Herds of majestic Highland cattle and Konik ponies graze here year round. An additional 100 acres of arable land was recently purchased thanks to Heritage Lottery funding. This has been stock fenced and sown with native grasses from local reserves. A new barn and water supply has been installed. Several key indicator species such as bird’s-foot trefoil, black knapweed, self-heal and yellow oat grass are now appearing in various patches as well as grasshoppers, butterflies such as meadow brown, and other insects characteristic of the habitat.
Opening Times Free entry
Location - By car from the A2 follow the sign to Hartlip along the Lower Hartlip Road. Turn right into Mount Lane then left into staggered crossroads into Warren Lane. Car Park is 1/2 mile on left. Reserve can also be reached from the A249 via Stockbury Village.
Contact Number - 01622 662012