We have a great diversity of wildlife on the farm, both flora and fauna. There are birdboxes on the walls around the farm and gardens and if you go into the big tithe barn and look up into the gable at the far end you may be able to make out the barn owl nesting box which is used. Other visitors include the Little or Kentish owls, often seen on the posts along the drive with pheasant and partridge in the paddocks and several birds of prey. There is an abundant variety of garden birds.
Close by are the North Kent Marshes, an exceptional area for indigenous and migratory birds, with reserves at Oare near Faversham and Elmley on the Isle of Sheppey.
In the paddocks, in the early morning the foxes take their first stroll of the day and you can't fHouse Martinsail to miss the rabbits which graze the lawn! Late on a summer's evening you may catch sight the badgers which live in the valley nearbyand the bats which flit about on a summers evening. May is always an exciting month with the return of the house martins who nest under the eaves of the house – so apologies for the state of the windows in early summer – Mr. Hawkins does his best!
Around the farm and lanes are typical wild flowers of the chalk grassland. Perhaps the most well known in the area are the vast stretches of bluebells with primroses in the spring and the orchids in the summer on the chalk downs.
Bluebells in the woodWe are always happy to transport visitors to a point where they can walk back to Brenley enjoying the best of Kent wildlife. In the dining room there are OS Landranger maps, with suggested walking and cycle routes which may be borrowed.
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