Dis­cover huge range of wood­land wildlife

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE MARKET PRICES - by Mike Ben­nett

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.

Wild art

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

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