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

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Help Save Darlands

Darlands Conservation Trust urgently needs your help to reach its funding target of £450,000 to make Darlands a wonderful place for people and wildlife.

There is a lot of work to do, restoring, creating and maintaining a mosaic of habitats to support a diverse assembly of wildlife and to ensure Darlands is a safe and enjoyable place to visit.

Darlands Lake has been silting up for many years and now regularly dries up. Urgent action is required to prevent its total loss. Environmentally sensitive excavation by specialists to produce a depth of water capable of supporting a much more diverse array of wildlife is now urgently required.

We are appealing to all who cherish Darlands to help us restore the lake as the centrepiece of Darlands and improve and maintain the rest of the reserve for future generations.

© Dianne Murphy

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.

© 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.


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