The Kinson Common provides a natural home for a wide ranging number of birds, animals and insects. It is an enclosed mass of land containing and providing the natural needs and resources, including spring fed streams, for tiny microbes to the majestic aerial buzzard, to live and survive here side by side with Man.
Indeed, it would be true to state that, it is a l iving time capsule retaining the evidence of Man`s early beginnings to the present day and his close association with an ancient natural world which has also evolved. Some of the wildlife which survives on site does so because its habitat does not exist elsewhere locally.
Almost thirty years ago, comparatively little was known about the Common. Slowly and surely a comprehensive data base was started. This has been gradually added to and as each year passes, more information has been collected to widen and strengthen the important need to further protect the area for future generations to enjoy.
At least 60 species of birds are recorded annually. Over 40 are resident and the rest visit during the summer period or even rest awhile before continuing their migration journeys at other times in the year. Species such as Dartford Warbler and the Stonechat have gradually disappeared. The creation of Pepin`s Pond and Dragonfly Hollow has encouraged the Kingfisher, Teal, Cormorant, Heron and even the Little Egret to visit the site. Moorhens and Mallards are now a welcomed permanent feature.
Throughout the spring and summer periods, Chiffchaff, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers may be observed and heard in full song. In the recent past, even the Redstart has visited the site. Perhaps the most unusual recording ever was the sight of a lone Flamingo flying low over Central Bog!
Over 19 species of wild animals are present. The Fox, Roe Deer, Grey Squirrel and the Hedgehog have been observed regularly. Two species of Bat pursue and hunt for moths and insects at dusk. There are records for 8 species of Reptiles and amphibians, some of which are becoming very rare locally.
The world of insects is a truly fascinating one. 29 types of Butterflies have been recorded. This includes the recent discovery of the Essex Skipper, Brown Argus and one positive sighting of the Silver-Washed Fritillary in 2003. More research needs to be undertaken on moths. The most impressive in the recent past being recorded was the Emperor moth.
Grasshoppers, Crickets and many species of Spiders have been recorded. The rare Wasp Spider has been rediscovered again in 2003.
A typical oak tree can support many hundreds of insects. There are certainly many species of insects still waiting to be discovered and recorded. Whether your interest ranges from the humble Two-Spot Ladybird to the unusual Glow-Worm, this often overlooked site in Kinson has much to stimulate the occasional walker or the very serious enthusiast.
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