Darlands Nature Reserve

The Darlands Nature Reserve sits in the Totteridge Valley between the villages of Totteridge and Mill Hill in the London Borough of Barnet. The 32 hectares (80 acres) of woodlands, wetlands, grasslands and the Darlands Lake are home to a diverse community of wildlife and boast some wonderful rural walks with spectacular views across the valley.

© Caroline Stock

Practical Volunteer Workdays

Sadly, following the latest government advice on the Covid-19 pandemic we have decided to cancel all planned volunteer workdays until further notice.

Fresh air and exercise are going to be especially important over the coming months. Darlands will remain open and we know that getting out into nature can have a really positive effect on our physical and mental well-being. So if you are able and it is safe for you to do so, please enjoy your visits to the nature reserve.

Thank you for your invaluable contribution so far and do keep in touch, let us know about the wildlife you have seen at Darlands and we would love to see your photos.

There is lots to see on the reserve at this time of year, Snakeshead fritillaries and Wood anemones are in flower now and bluebells will be soon. Frogs are spawning and if you're very lucky you may get a glimpse of a kingfisher that has been regularly seen around the reserve in recent months.

© Dianne Murphy

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Support Darlands Conservation Trust and help us to make Darlands a wonderful place for people and wildlife.

© Dianne Murphy

Explore Darlands

Whether you’re walking the dog, stretching your legs, looking to escape the hustle and bustle, connect with nature, be a wildlife watcher, explore the environment or just get some fresh air, Darlands is just the place.

© Dianne Murphy


Darlands has a mosaic of habitats, woodland, grassland, scrub, carr and open water. These provide food and shelter to a rich diversity of species. Some of these species are well recorded others less so.

© Dianne Murphy


About Darlands Conservation Trust

Darlands Conservation Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation established by a group of local people who share a love for the Darlands nature reserve.

© The Darlands Conservation Trust

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