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Our Farms

Our area of the Low Weald has had a long history of producing hops and fruit from fields shaped by the drainage needed to work our challenging soils, and the need to shelter these crops.  This has allowed Marden to retain good biodiversity.  In a farming community increasingly aware of the need for nature recovery, new ideas are being embraced.   The formation in 2020 of the Marden Farming Cluster, supported by Kent Wildlife Trust, has proved a practical way of pooling good practice to work on joint initiatives.  In 2021, new crops will be going into the ground to conserve soils, as well as to support declining species – bird, insect and plant- and to improve water quality.

In winter 2020/21, farmers regularly spread supplementary seed on seven sites around Marden to facilitate a scientific bird ringing programme. Volunteers counted marked yellowhammers in farmland and gardens. This programme, funded by Natural England, has not only provided useful scientific data, it has also united farmers and volunteers in a joint endeavour.

In the current year, farmers are planting well over a hundred acres of bird seed crops that will be left to feed farmland birds over the winter, and additional seed will again be spread during late winter – ‘the hungry gap’ – the time of year when wild birds really struggle to survive because natural resources are depleted.

With an additional three kilometres of new hedgerow being planted, and the creation of areas of scrub, Marden is anticipating a marked increase in farmland biodiversity.

Fauna and Flora

We have generically grouped all our Fauna and Flora and know that these groupings aren't always perfectly correct, but this has been done to make it simple to get an idea of the variety of species we have in our parish. We do not expect this website to be used as an encyclopaedia. 

Birds

Our unique environment allows a great variety of species

Reptiles & Amphibians & Mammals

You'll be surprise what's we have in the area

Invertebrates

Great variety of moths, butterflies, dragonflies and more

Fungi

Without these Trees and Plants would not survive

Orchids & Flowers

Such a diverse amount of flowers in different environments

Trees and what comes with them

Trees create homes for many different elements of wildlife

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