Oxeye Daisy at Nashenden Down
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Created from an enormous arable field in 2009, this nature reserve is building an impressive species list as it matures into a vital part of the Medway smile living landscape.
A small steep bank on the western edge of the site escaped the plough and retains some chalk grassland species. An excellent assemblage of scrub provides habitat for a number of bird species. The grassland here will act as a seed bank to recolonise some of the 36 hectares of new grassland that is being created by a mixture of seed spreading and natural regeneration.
Creating chalk grassland here increases the potential for movement and long-term survival of rare species such as Adonis blue butterfly.
Approximately 14 hectares of low-input arable crops are being grown to provide habitat for farmland birds, which have declined greatly since the 1950's.