|Perry Wood is designated as a Local Wildlife Site and is important for all sorts of plants and animals, from woodland wildflowers and a vast array of tiny insects, to fungi, native mammals and many fine trees.There are some impressive ‘veteran’ trees in the wood and even a rare hybrid sorbus – a cross between Rowan and Whitebeam.
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Meanwhile, surprising areas can offer much greater diversity. For example, some of the banks around the lanes are designated as a Roadside Nature Reserve.
Birds nest orchid Wood sorrell
Insects are very well recorded at Perry Wood. Click here to see just how many moths had been recorded at the site by 2005! There are also some interesting leaf-hoppers in the wood and green tiger beetles, who are best known for liking sandy, heathy areas.
It is because of the remnant heathland wildlife at the site that one major aim is to increase the area of Lowland Heath or ‘Wooded Heath’ – a rare habitat in Kent. Some heather remains on Windmill Hill, whilst in other areas it has been superseded by thick stands of bracken.
Heather growing on Windmill Hill
Small patches of heathland restoration will also maintain some of the open views from the hilltops.
Other areas of Perry Wood are more typical of ancient woodland in the Kent Downs, including areas of Sweet Chestnut coppice and semi-natural broadleaved woodland. There are some fantastic patches of wild daffodils and blue-bells in some areas.
Perry Wood has its fair share of cute fluffy wildlife too:
Let us know what you see and hear! Use the wildlife siting form opposite.