Kent Wildlife

The North Kent Marshes are less than half an hours' cycle ride away from Palace Farm Hostel and Campsite, great for birds, seals and salt air. Grab your wellies, binoculars, cameras and paint brushes and come and stay with us!

Did you know that this part of Kent is one of the few places in the British Isles where you can still see and hear Turtle Doves? They return each year to nest locally. We plant a special seed mix to provide them with food throughout their stay.

Walking in the early evening looking for Kent wildlife will reveal our wonderful Tawny Owl population calling to each other, from just before dark when they start to wake and call out to find their family members, it is enchanting to hear, they call well past eleven pm on some days and always move to different trees each night.

Buzzards are here in Kent on warmer sunny days, they can be seen or heard with their distinctive mewing call. Come and watch their graceful flight at low level at the moment, they look huge! A good place to watch birds is on The Isle of Sheppy at the Elmley National Nature Reserve, just a short drive from Palace Farm, or maybe at The Oare Marshes Reserve on the mainland near Faversham.

Red Kites are often seen overhead, perhaps we will get a breeding pair in Kent soon?  So come and spot a visitor, grab your bins and wellies!

Here is some information about our environmental friendly practices at Palace Farm.

We have a Pollen and Nectar area which we have planted on the farm to encourage the wildlife. It is aimed at giving much needed wildflowers for our wild bees.  Did you know that we have around 250 types of bee in the UK, one is the Honey Bee, around 225 are solitary bees, including, Mason Bees, Leafcutter Bees and Mining Bees.  The other 24 species are Bumblebees, of which there are 22 different species found in Kent.  Some are quite common, but some are very rare and need a lot of looking after if they are to survive.  Bumblebees don’t store very much honey so a short break in flowers during the summer can be a disaster for them.  Did you know that a male bumblebee doesn’t have a sting, do you know what a Cuckoo Bumblebee is?  See Bumblebee Conservation for more information.

Turtle Doves returned in 2016

Wonderful news, 2016 again saw some Turtle Doves back and purring! We are hoping they will return in 2017 and have an acre of Turtle Dove seed mix. Did you know that we are one of the few places in the British Isles where you can still see and hear Turtle Doves.

Buzzards around Palace Farm

Buzzards are still here, on warmer sunny days they can be seen or heard with their distinctive mewing call. Come and watch their graceful flight, at low level they look huge! A good place to watch birds is on The Isle of Sheppey at the Elmley National Nature Reserve, just a short drive from Palace […]

Tawny Owls are still very vocal

Tawny Owls are still very vocal. Around dusk they usually wake up and start calling to their family, these are really wonderful calls, not just the Toowhit Toohoo, but a wide range of quieter more plaintive and slightly squeaky calls some sounding to me like those party whistles that uncoil as you blow into them. […]

Little Owls

Our little Owls are still around, we didn’t see much of them last summer, but we have realised that the tree they nested in has fallen over, In September 2015 I took delivery of two Little Owl nest boxes and within days of putting them in their place they were visited by an owl. Another […]

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