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A refuge for wildlife

Bridge End Garden was a private garden until 1918, when it became open to the public.  Management will have varied over time, but it has been in constant use as a garden since the early 1800s.


The Garden is mostly managed without chemicals. The trees, shrubberies, hedges, herbaceous borders, ponds, meadows and lawns all provide a mosaic of different habitat types and offer a refuge for wildlife on the edge of the town and in the wider intensively farmed landscape. 


Survey data has revealed a broad range of over 200 species of insects, birds, amphibians, bats and other mammals in the Garden and surrounding areas, including protected species such as the great crested newt.

With thanks to Jerry Lanfear for the following images of invertebrates and fungi photographed in the Garden.


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