Bats and other mammals

"Bedgebury Pinetum is a paradise for bats; it answers all their needs for roost sites and for the variety of insects, from midges to moths, which the different types require. 5 of the 14 bat species found in Kent have been recorded in the Pinetum and I am sure that there are more to identify; we have just not found them yet! Park House is the jewel in the crown as it accommodates a large breeding colony of Brown Long Eared (BLE) bats, the largest bat known in Kent and the fourth biggest bat in the South East of England that is counted for the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP)." - Val Sutton, Autumn/Winter Journal 2013.

Daubenton's Bat, Noctule Bat (pictured below) and Pipistrelle Bat are some of the other bat species that occur within the Pinetum and forest.  The usual terrestrial mammals, such as Badgers and Foxes, are resident but elusive.  Many small mammals are to be found too and, in 2014, Dormouse boxes were put up within the Pinetum to enocruage this notable species.  At certain times of the year, Stoats are fairly easy to spot in the Pinetum.

noctule female PL Harty 2 e

Reptiles and Amphibians (Herptiles)

Common Lizard, Slow Worm and Grass Snake are all present on site, with the latter often seen hunting in the waterways. Check the heathland and long grass areas for LizardsNewts, Common Frog and Common Toad inhabit the wetter areas. Great-crested Newts can be found in the forest ponds.

While most species are encouraged to inhabit the Pinetum and forest, there are unwelcome animals such as Deer and Rabbits that eat our young trees.  The non-native Mink is a particular problem for our nesting birds and small mammals so please let us know if you spot any in the area.