“The World, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Romney Marsh.”

Wildlife on Romney Marsh

Romney Marsh includes areas of wetland, grassland, mud flats, sand dunes, lakes, beaches (sandy and shingle), hedgerows, shingle, a canal and farmland (pasture and arable). This variety of habitats gives rise to a diverse range of flora and fauna, within this area, some of which are rare nationally and even internationally.

The wildlife includes:

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You will find the wildlife in the Nature Reserves, along the Royal Military Canal, amongst the sand dunes, on the beaches and in the countryside.

*If you find an injured bird or animal then contact one of the Animal Rescue Centres 

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Medicinal Leeches

A leech is a segmented annelid worm that has suckers at both ends.  It is an invertebrate that sticks to a host, (usually a vertebrate), in order to suck their blood.  When they are full they drop off the host and then start to digest the blood.

Medicinal Leeches have been used in medicine for hundreds of years. In medieval and early modern medicine, the medicinal leech was used to remove blood from a patient as part of a process "to balance the humors that must be kept in balance for the human body to function properly".

Medicinal Leeches are now making a comeback in microsurgery. They provide an effective means to reduce blood coagulation, to relieve venous pressure from pooling blood (venous insufficiency), and in reconstructive surgery to stimulate circulation in reattachment operations for organs with critical blood flow, such as eyelids, fingers, and ears.

Medicinal Leeches can be found across the Marsh in ditches and in the lakes around Dungeness and at Greatstone Lakes. The Romney Marsh medicinal leech population is the largest in the British Isles and, is thus, of international importance. 


Medicinal Leeches
Medicinal Leeches

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