Green Tourism

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 rabbits and foxes take a wary stroll in the early morning whilst the buzzards keep a watchful eye from higher up.  As I sit here the swallows and house matins are preparing to leave for warmer climes, gorging themselves on insects for the long flight.  Bats still flit about at dusk, even though the nights are drawing in.

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.

We 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.