Sevenoaks Living Landscapes

Habitat Management – Specific Species

The following lists are intended to help direct you to sources of information relevant to particular species or groups of species..

Bees and other insects

We depend on bees and other insects for pollinating 85% of the food we eat! Many are in severe decline, especially bees. Early in the year you can see queen bumblebees hunting for new nest sites. You can help by providing lots of flowers to provide nectar.
There are many sources of help about flowers to help bees, try the Royal Horticultural Society RHS & Wildlife Trust – Wild About Gardens.
For information on habitat management and insects try Buglife or the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Bats

Bats are fantastic animals! They hunt at night using very high pitched sound which we cannot hear. A pipistrelle bat can eat 3000 midges in a night so they are very much our friends. If you would like to find out more go to the Bat Conservation Trust They have the highest protection under the law, with both the animals and their roosts protected. Natural England advice and information may be found at Focus on Bats.

Amphibians and reptiles

Amphibians are the most threatened of any group of animals. The Kent Reptile & Amphibian Group is made up of volunteers who conduct annual surveys for newts and toads and use the data to help protect this threatened group of animals.
Practical advice about amphibians in your garden and reptiles in your garden is obtainable from Natural England.

Birds

Like all animals birds require food, shelter and fresh water.  Natural England publish advice about wild birds in your garden. The
RSPB provide lots of information about birds, their status, needs and how to identify them including some excellent sound clips of their songs.

Butterflies

There is a very active butterfly group in Kent, kentbutterflies, with pictures to help identification and for you to record your sightings. Information on gardening for butterflies is available from Natural England – Butterflies in Your Garden