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At Home in Nature

Wildlife Blog.
The Wildlife Trusts' challenge to 'immerse yourself in nature' says it all for the opportunities to be found in each of the daily Random Acts of Wildness nature challenge from 30 Days Wild.

Just beyond the garden : Rural Kent

Locally, wildlife and flora push the boundaries between the nearby ancient woodland and countryside to bring wildlife to the doorstep.

Native trees and wildflowers support local ecosystems - helped further when allowed to extend to the garden; urban British birds share wild fruits, nuts and berries with native woodland and field birds. Butterflies and bees pollinate the wildflowers which play host to various mini-beasts.

Small woodland and countryside mammals also make use of semi-rural gardens, with the right habitats to encourage them to visit or build nests and dens: foxes, badgers, mice, squirrels, dormice, hedgehogs, deer and bats can all be found locally.

Although the small deer that move quietly in the nearby woods are rarely seen, one recently wandered out from the undergrowth and into a nearby well maintained garden - hopefully the gardener was equally at home in nature as the deer seemed to be!

For the #30dayswild post in 2016, Nature Challenge : Be in it to Win it, click here.

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