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    Our field visits and indoor winter meetings are free to members.
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    Orthoptera Recording
    Find out more about recording Kent's grasshoppers, bush-crickets, crickets and ground-hoppers.
  • Wildlife Notes
    Wildlife Notes
    Terry and Susan Dove's monthly wildlife notes from Little Barton Farm.

Kent Field Club, founded in 1955, aims to deepen the understanding and appreciation of the natural history of Kent, England. Our membership ranges across the spectrum from professional experts in a particular field of study to those who simply appreciate the aesthetic beauty of our countryside and love to walk in it, observing its wildlife in the company of like-minded people.

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Noble Chafer Survey 2021

The noble chafer Gnorimus nobilis is a large metallic beetle which has been rare in Britain for the past century. The species is associated with traditional orchards and wood pasture where it's larvae feed on old, decaying wood within live trees. In Britain, the species has been rare for the past century and is classified as ‘Vulnerable’, being a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species. Traditional orchards are designated priority habitats but are increasingly being lost due to modern orchard management techniques or clearing of orchards for development. Dr. Deborah Harvey of Royal Holloway, University of London has previously run a monitoring scheme for the species alongside the People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES). She is now looking for volunteers for the 2021 season who would be prepared to deploy traps and lures in appropriate habitats and check them regularly in June this year. If you are interested, please contact Deborah at ...

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Reminder: Your Field Notes Wanted for 2020 Bulletin!

  Due to the cancellation of our field programme in 2020, there will unfortunately be none of the usual meeting reports to compile into this year's Bulletin. To make up for this, the Assistant Editor would be happy to receive any reports from members, whether from your house or garden, your local area or further afield in Kent. These can be accounts for specific sites and occasions or observations of notable species. If you are interested in contributing, please get in touch via the website.   The deadline for submissions is 15th February.  

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KWT's Gardening For A Wilder Kent 2021

  For many years, Kent Wildlife Trust has run a Wild About Gardens advice and awards scheme to support and recognise individuals, groups and organisations in maximising the value of their gardens for wild species. Needless to say, for those fortunate enough to have access to them, gardens represent a great opportunity for biological recording and long-term monitoring especially under COVID restrictions. Below is information regarding this year's activities from the coordinator, Maureen Rainey:   Nature is in trouble. We are suffering loss of biodiversity at an alarming rate, in particular insects. But it is not too late. We can all do something to reverse the trend and these actions, however small, will add up to a huge difference. After all, there are 22 million gardens in the UK and together they cover an area greater than nature reserves. I work with an award-winning team of volunteers at Kent Wildlife Trust who are eager to encourage people to make their gardens and local green...

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Little Barton Farm Wildlife Notes by Terry and Susan Dove