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Covid-19 Update

27 March 2020

In accordance with the latest Government Health Guidelines the single most important action we can all take is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

Please read the latest Government Guidance on Accessing Green Spaces

Contacting us

In accordance with latest Government guidance the Kent Downs AONB team are working remotely and will not be available on our usual office number. If you would like to contact us please email the relevant team member directly. Alternatively, email us and we will respond to you as soon as we are able.

Enjoy nature from your home

Nature can be a wonderful solace in times of crisis and uncertainty and there is perhaps some reassurance that Spring and the rhythm of the natural world continue unabated; blossom is erupting from trees and hedges, the bluebells are unfurling, the birds are singing, and pollinators are starting to emerge.

Here are some ideas for how you can remain connected with nature even if you are stuck at home.

Garden Birdwatching

Get to know the birds outside your window with bird identification from RSPB

Nature activities for kids

The Wildlife Trusts have some great ideas for nature-based activities including making a bird feeder, a mini nature reserve, and making a butterfly painting.

Learn about the wildlife around you

If you are lucky enough to have a garden, get outside and learn more about insects, flowers, and other garden wildlife. If you don’t have a garden, why not read up on wildlife and the places you can see it, ready for you to explore when it is safe to do so.

Amphibians and reptiles – Froglife

Bugs – Buglife

Butterflies – Butterfly Conservation

Garden wildlife- RSPB

Plants – Plantlife

Plant identification – Botanical Keys

Trees and woodland plants – Woodland Trust

Biodiversity-rich habitats in the Kent Downs AONB

Virtual tour of the North Downs Way section by section

Stay connected #KentDownsAONB

Stay connected and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and the hashtags #kentdownsaonb #kentdowns. We’ll be sharing photos of the landscape you love – the wildlife, the trees, the views, the cliffs, the rivers, the wildflowers and more to try to make this time a little easier.

Supporting local businesses

Many local independent businesses across the Kent Downs are working out how they can continue to deliver produce and services while keeping everyone safe. We would like to support our friends during this immensely difficult time and will be sharing details from our local businesses  on our social channels as they become available.

Stay safe,

The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team