News from Kent Wildlife Trust
Water voles out of the blue.
It would appear that water voles may be living at Hothfield Heathlands. Hothfield Common, ASHFORD, TN26 1HD! They usually live along the river, or in the long ditches that run from the bottom of the bogs. However, these charismatic rodents have popped up at the reserve, living in the highest area, sandwiched between a road and some intensively grazed fields!!
Water voles live next to water bodies where there is a bank to build a burrow and lots of vegetation to eat. However in recent years the introduced American mink has been having a devastating impact on their population. This has led them to live in some untypical areas – away from the ditches and rivers loved by the mink.
Why not visit...
Yockletts Bank near Ashford - Postcode: CT4 5PZ
This ancient woodland is prolific with spring flowers including violet, primrose, wood spurge and bluebells. There is also a huge diversity of birds including nightingales, warblers and woodpeckers. This site is also one of the best for lady orchid which can be seen May - June along with common spotted, early-purple and fly orchid.