Nature Notes October 2021

Total monthly rainfall: 170 millimetres.  Maximum daily rainfall: 29.5 millimetres (3rd October).

There were 14 days when measurable rain fell, and 20 days when cloud-cover was 100% for at least part of the day.

Maximum temperature on the warmest day was 19C on the 9th October. Maximum temperature on the coldest day was 12C on October 21st. There were 24 days when the temperature reached 15C or above.

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Nature Notes September 2021

Total monthly rainfall: 24.5 millimetres.   Maximum daily rainfall: 10.5 millimetres (29th September).

There were 6 days when measurable rain fell, and 14 days when cloud-cover was 100% for at least part of the day.

Maximum temperature on the warmest day was 28C on September 8th. Maximum temperature on the coldest day was 15C on September 30th. There were 24 days when the maximum temperature was 20C or above.

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Nature Notes August 2021

Total monthly rainfall: 54 millimetres.   Maximum daily rainfall: 13.5 millimetres (2nd August).

There were 10 days when measurable rain fell, and 19 days when cloud-cover was 100% for at least part of the day.  Maximum temperature on the warmest days was 23C on August 15th and 25th. Maximum temperature on the coldest days was 18C on August 16th, 17th, and 19th.

The wind blew from a Northeast or northwest direction for 15 days of the month and was Force 5 or over for 12 days. These were unsuitable conditions for butterflies, moths, and dragonflies to put in an appearance at the height of summer.

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Kent's Heathlands available to download

 

In 2012, the annual Kent Wildlife Conference was devoted to ‘Kent’s Heathlands: four decades of change’. In 2014, volume 19 of the Transactions of the Kent Field Club was published, featuring papers based on the presentations from the conference. This volume is now available to download from our publications section here.

We are still looking for more papers to include in the next volume of the Transactions, the Club's scientific journal. If you think you may have something to offer, please get in touch.

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Goodbye to Fred Booth

Fred passed away on August 29th at the age of 91. He was a stalwart of the Club and did much for the natural history of Kent for 30 – 40 years. He was chair of the Club’s Executive Committee from 1995-6, and from 2011-13, a committee member from 2007-10, and President from 2001-3. The Club elected him Honorary Member in 2020. Fred played a leading role in the Kent Wildlife Trust as its Chief Executive in the 1980s. He was awarded an MBE in 2011.

Fred’s funeral was held yesterday (September 23rd) at Vinters Park Crematorium and the cortège was accompanied by a police guard of honour as he served many years in the force, finally as a Chief Superintendent. Members of the Club attended and were able to celebrate Fred’s life.

The wake was held at the nearby Hilton Hotel where I was able to meet his sister, reminisce with her about his life with the Club and earlier days. She has kindly agreed for me to get in touch to complete a full obituary for Fred which is planned to be published in the next volume of the Transactions in the New Year. To that end, I would welcome from members information, anecdotes, memories of Fred and the Club that can be collated into a full article.

Ian Tittley

Honorary Editor

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