Wildlife and Conservation


DSC_1016Despite their proximity to major roads and conurbations, Selmeston and its neighbouring villages have a wealth of wildlife that enjoys a wide range of habitats in a small area.

Michael Hawkins , who lives in nearby Alciston, writes a monthly newsletter that appears in the Parish Magazine and records and comments on the presence of birds, butterflies, moths , wildflowers and other wildlife throughout the year. Please send any interesting sightings to : michael.hawkins9@btinternet.com

As the website develops, we hope to build a picture of the wildlife of Selmeston both to satisfy the interest of many parishioners and to provide a body of data that can support conservation.

If you are interested in wild birds and you are having any difficulty in identifying birds them, the Royal Society for the protection of Birds has a section of its website that may help. Click here.

Red Legged Partridge - photo by Danielle Hurley
Red Legged Partridge – photo by Danielle Hurley

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland has a slightly more complex identification tool that can be found here.

The Royal Entomological Society has an insect identification service that can be accessed by emailing identifythatinsect@royensoc.co.uk

A list of British mammals can be seen at the Mammal Society website here, whilst anyone with a particular interest in bats might like to look at the Sussex Bat Group’s website, which can be found here.

Bats in Selmeston

Click on the link below for an informative and interesting insight into some of our bat residents that may be seen at dusk whilst you walk through the village. With grateful thanks to the author Kim Dawson, who can be contacted through the village website.

UK Bats – Selmeston website article KD