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Wildlife & conservation
Woodlands in April
Our Secret Lake is home to Roach and Rudd
A male dragonfly
The wild cuckoo flower can be found in Kent hedgerows and meadows.

Wildlife & conservation

The quality of wildlife habitats across the farm have been gradually improved over the past seven years.

  • Gaps in hedgerows have been replanted
  • Wildlife corridors have been created to link new and existing habitats
  • New ponds have been dug and planted appropriately

The Rare Breeds Centre has followed an approach that is sympathetic to wildlife. This, combined with a structured programme of land management has resulted in a doubling of small mammal numbers including major increase in recorded numbers of yellow ring-necked mice, a threatened species.

A wide variety of wildlife habitats are accessible from several farm walks. These include spectacular bluebell woodland and ancient hedgerows, as well as recently coppiced areas and a large commemorative wood (Rainbow Wood) with both managed and wild areas. A lake and several ponds provide aquatic interest.