Queendown Warren Nature Reserve

The original reserve or 'Main Bank' was a rabbit warren in mediaeval times and forms the reserve’s core. It has probably been open downland for many hundreds of years and has an internationally important community of grassland orchids. Queendown has the usual plants of chalk grassland and orchids are well represented, particularly the fragrant orchid, with scattered groups of early spider, bee and man orchid. Later in the year autumn lady's tresses may be found. The West Bank is less diverse but has several patches of fly orchid and white helleborine in the scrub and woodland edges. Potters Wood contains a good cross-section of native broad leaved trees - oak, ash, beech, birch and wild cherry - and some sweet chestnut, coppice managed by traditional methods.

Warren Lane
Hartlip
Sittingbourne
ME9 7XH

  • Telephone: 01622 662012
  • Email: info@kentwildlife.org.uk
  • Website: www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk
  • Access: From the A2 follow the sign to Hartlip along the Lower Hartlip Road. Turn right into Mount Lane then left at staggered crossroads into Warren Lane.