A lovely woodland in a beautiful, peaceful part of the Kent Downs, well know for its orchids and other wild flowers.
Ancient woodland, small areas of chalk downland in open areas
Owned and managed by Kent Wildlife Trust
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Lies within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Facilities available at this site
- Interpretation Panels
About the Site
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.
The site is 1.6km (1 mile) west of the Stone Street (B2068) and 3.2km (2 miles) south of Petham. Follow the B2068 from Canterbury and take right turn to Waltham and keep left until you reach woodland with a small car park on left. Postcode CT4 5PZ
Route no. 558 between Canterbury and Hythe (infrequent service) stops at Stelling Minnis, which is 2km (1.25 mile) from the site.
Transport Links to this site
Yockletts Bank Photo Gallery
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