The Urban forest is the mosaic of habitats, both natural and artificial, used by the wildlife of our towns and cities….
To learn more you can watch a David Attenborough Planet Earth 2 episode on the BBC I-player.
We are just as much a part of our environment as the birds, the flowers, bats and foxes that occupy our cities and towns.
By protecting our urban wildlife we are also caring for our own environment…
- The air we breath
- Our wellbeing
- Our local economy
- Our greenspaces
- Our wildlife
- Our future
- Currently, 80% of the UK population live in urban areas and this is set to grow over the coming years.
- Worldwide this figure is close to 55% and growing fast.
(Figures from the World Bank)
In Medway we have wonderful diversity of habitats and wildlife …..
Orchids on the Darland Banks, bats in the Vines in Rochester and bluebells in the woods at Capstone.
Some of the Wildlife Habitats of Medway ……
- Ancient semi-natural woodland
- Chalk Grassland
- The Marshes and Estuaries of the Medway and Thames
- Acid Grassland
We also have our own back gardens where we have bees, birds, hedgehogs and snails all needing our care and protection.
You can also check out the links we have to Kent Wildlife Trust, the RSPB and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to find out more.
There are a few simple things that can you do………
- Join your local Friends group through our website
- Find out more form your local wildlife organisations such as KWT and the RSPB
- Care for the wildlife in your garden
- Talk to your local councillors about what Medway is doing for our urban environment
- Make sure that you recycle as much as possible
- Check on your energy consumption
- Walk or cycle instead of using the car
The young activist Greta Thunberg says that this generation is responsible for the problems of our climate and the state of our environment …. Well we can be responsible … by making it better!