But things have changed.
Fifty years ago the first stretch of UK motorway had only just been built. Since then an extra 27 million cars have been added to the roads and 10 million people have been added to the population.
According to Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG) education and publicity officer Jo Richards, this has not only brought about changes for humans but also for wildlife.
“Wildlife is increasingly coming under attack from all angles,” she explained.
The knock-on effects include limited opportunities for wildlife to shelter, forage and reproduce, she said.
Mrs Richards also called for homeowners to keep their eyes peeled for garden goings-on to help the group monitor species.
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