Discover huge range of woodland wildlife
IT is one of the borough’s hidden gems. And despite the dry weather, the wildlife area in Charing can still enable visitors to discover the vast range of wildlife which can be found on a wetland site. The six-acre Charing Alderbed Meadow is a wet woodland fed by a series of springs that make it boggy all year round. It has been saved and developed over recent years by conservationists and is managed by the Charing Playing Field Committee, with support from the Kentish Stour Countryside Project and teams of volunteers, including schoolchildren. Visitors can enjoy the wide selection of birds, animals and insects the site attracts for free. A wild flower walk on Sunday was the first event in the summer programme.
Others will include a mini beast safari, a woodland workshop and wild art day, mammal trapping, a bat watch and moth trapping. The events are aimed at people of all ages, although under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. Parking is available off Pett Lane.
Full details are available from the Kentish Stour Countryside Project on 01233 813307 or by e-mailing harriet.goldsmith@ken t.gov.uk
Children at work in Charing Alderbed Meadow, a wet woodland which attracts a range of wildlife