You may be surprised to hear that Kingston holds a diverse range of habitats rich with biodiversity. One of the main reasons for this is the fact the Kingston is literally surrounded by substantial wildlife reserves; to the north we have Richmond Park, to the west we have have Bushy Park and and Home Park, to the east we have Wimbledon Common, to the south we have the metropolitan green belt and flowing through the heart of our borough we have the Thames and various streams and rivers. These places have been specially designated stating their importance to both biodiversity and the local communities, Richmond Park for example is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and not least being the largest of all the Royal Parks.   

 

This wealth of surrounding nature therefore has a positive influence on the wildlife that can be found in Kingston. In fact it places a great ecological importance on the borough, serving as a 'corridor' that links different populations of species together. If Kingston's green spaces and rivers are not sufficiently managed this could isolate certain groups of wildlife, resulting in possibly disastrous consequences such as the local extinction of a species. 

 

Kingston therefore offers sightings of a variety of diverse species such as Kingfishers, Egrets, Tawny Owls, Stag Beetles, Slow Worms, European Eels, Roe Deer, Badger and a range of bat species. 

 

If you are at all interested in finding out more about the nature within Kingston please contact us!