The Club will be hosting a series of online talks via Zoom over the next couple of months. The first of these will be on the evening of the 23rd February at 7.30pm and will be given by Steve Songhurst on the history of Vinters Park in Maidstone. If you are interested in attending, please log in to the website and register via the events page OR respond to the email that members will have received. The details of how to join the talk will be sent to you. You do not need to download Zoom to join the meeting - when you click on the invite, it will give you the option to view through your internet browser. In each talk, attendees cameras and microphones will be muted but questions can be typed in the Chat box and will be asked to the speaker by the session moderator after the presentation. The talks will (hopefully) be recorded and eventually posted for the general public on our YouTube channel Kent Field Club - YouTube. Subsequent talks will be on plant galls, bats and burying...Read more
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Bees, Wasps and Ants of Kent (2020)
by Geoff Allen. This title can now be ordered. Please be aware that distribution may be delayed by current pandemic restrictions and periods of high demand on the postal service.
Transactions of the Kent Field Club - Volume 20
A variety of topical research projects by KFC members
The solitary wasp Pemphredon austriaca (Kohl, 1888) is a species not currently recorded in the UK. It appears to have been increasing in the Netherlands in recent decades and there is a good chance that it could be overlooked in the UK. This small, black wasp shows a preference for using Marble Galls, which are caused by the gall wasp Andricus kollari and found on oak. A. kollari emerges from these spherical galls, leaving small circular emergence holes. Other insects then take advantage of these chambers for shelter or nesting, including P. austriaca, which constructs nest cells within the gall. February and March are the perfect months to collect some of these Marble Galls (where you can see the circular emergence holes) and provide something else to keep an eye out for on those familiar lockdown walk routes. Keep them in a plastic pot with some fine mesh or muslin secured over the top, or a specific mesh rearing container if you happen to have one, and make sure they are...Read more
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 ...Read more