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Adder (c) Jason Steel

Adder (c) Jason Steel

Kent Wildlife Trust welcomes the recognition of Lodge Hill – earmarked as a 5,000 home development site – as a nationally important site for wildlife by Natural England, the Government’s advisor on the natural environment.

On 13th March Natural England, the Government’s advisor on the natural environment, notified Chattenden Woods and Lodge Hill on the Hoo Peninsula in Kent as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

SSSIs comprise some of the country’s best wildlife sites, including our most spectacular, important and beautiful habitats, and Natural England has a duty to designate such areas under national legislation that protects them for future generations.

Chattenden Woods, a large area of ancient woodland and grassland, was originally designated as a SSSI in 1984 under the Wildlife & Countryside Act. More recently, investigations into the adjacent Lodge Hill site as part of proposals for a significant housing development, have highlighted that this area is also very important for the same reasons.

The site supports communities of bats (six species), lizards, grass snakes, adders, slow worms, newts, frogs, toads, badgers and rare insects such as the shrill carder-bee.

It has a significant breeding bird population, most notably nightingales, which were found to be widespread across the proposed development site, and the new SSSI supports at least 1.3% of the national population of this declining species. The new SSSI encompasses the old SSSI and the important areas of Lodge Hill. More

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The Ramblers will be hosting Great Britain’s biggest ever short walks festival from 4 – 11 May in a drive to get more people discovering the wonder of walking in 2013. This festival is supporting Britain on Foot, a campaign to encourage more people in Britain to get active in the great outdoors. More

One of Rochester’s best-loved natural landmarks is in need of urgent conservation works. We need your help to boost public awareness, support and sponsorship for what we believe to be England’s oldest living example of the American Indian Bean Tree or Catalpa Bignonioides

Visit us at http://www.rochestercatalpatree.co.uk to find out more

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