This is a guest post on the Living Symphonies journal, written by Luke Wallace of The Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum.
“It is well known that the National Pinetum at Bedgebury is home to the most complete collection of conifers in world. However, not as well known is the diverse array of wildlife that can be found alongside this world-class botanical collection. The sheer diversity of animals, plants and fungi is due to the many habitat types present, from dry heathland and wildflower meadows through to mature forest and large water bodies. The Forestry Commission recognise the importance of such biodiversity and, therefore, manage the Pinetum for the indigenous wildlife, as well as the general public.
“Some of the more notable species that inhabit Bedgebury include Euphrasia Anglica, a tiny but beautiful flower which cannot be found outside the United Kingdom, the nationally rare Firecrest which breeds within the Pinetum in good numbers and the Brilliant Emerald dragonfly, a species which is considered to be nationally and locally endangered. Of course, there are many more interesting and notable organisms that call Bedgebury home. With a little exploration, it is astonishing what ecological secrets Bedgebury Pinetum has to offer.”
To find out more, visit the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum website.