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Situated on a major flood-plain, Marden has extensive wetland areas with fields regularly inundated in winter. To the natural network of ponds, ditches, drains and boggy areas, specially constructed lakes and swales are being added to prevent downstream flooding.
Already home to one of the UK’s highest densities of great-crested newts, new species such as the willow emerald damselfly and the great white egret have recently arrived. Meanwhile, a number of Kent’s Biodiversity Action Plan priority species are found here, including one of the rarest in the country.
Unfortunately, chemical pollution from local industry and sewage from new housing, exacerbated by regular winter flooding, is a constant threat. Volunteers maintain a watchful eye to preserve the water quality essential for the vulnerable invertebrates and plants that underpin the wetland ecology.
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.
Our unique environment allows a great variety of species
Reptiles & Amphibians & Mammals
You'll be surprise what's we have in the area
Great variety of moths, butterflies, dragonflies and more
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