Kent Field Club will be restarting field meetings on the 20th June at Walderslade Woods. See  Events programme for more details.

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Monitoring Re-wetting Benefits to Wildlife at Blean Woods

The Blean Re-Wetting is a Green Recovery Challenge Fund (GCRF) project, delivered by a partnership of RSPB, Kent Wildlife Trust and Councils across the Blean Woods complex. This year-long project will see the implementation of natural flood management techniques to increase the amount of water in the woods. From heavy-duty earthen banks to small scale leaky dams; staff, contractors and volunteers will carry out a range of interventions to slow the flow of water through the woods, encourage the formation of meanders and reinstate flood plains.

The purpose of this project is twofold – combatting the effects of climate change and tackling the biodiversity crisis. Kent is on the frontline when it comes to feeling the effects of a warming climate, and increased moisture retention will fortify the woods against aridification. At the same time, wetter soil will support greater and more diverse populations of invertebrates and it is hoped that this will in turn benefit other wildlife.

 While nature-based solutions like this are becoming increasingly common, there is little data on the benefits it can bring to wildlife.  The project team consider it a high priority to gather as much robust data as possible on changes in soil moisture, invertebrates, and any other potential beneficiary. Not only will this be an important measure of the project’s outcomes, clear evidence of benefits to wildlife will also support the case for similar projects elsewhere.

The team are seeking volunteers with some level of ecology expertise to inform and assist with this monitoring, with a high priority on gathering baseline data prior to work commencing in September 2021.. Monitoring will continue until the project completion in March 2022 and beyond. Please get in touch if you are interested or if you have any questions. Email 

 Furthermore if you would like to receive updates regarding project events or volunteer work parties, please contact  and they can add you to the appropriate mailing list (we send a maximum one email a week).

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Nature Notes March 2021

Total monthly rainfall: 55.5 millimetres. Maximum daily rainfall: 18 millimetres (4th March).

Rain fell on eleven days of the month, and there were 20 days with 100% cloud cover for at least part of the day.

Maximum temperature on the warmest days was 23°C on March 30th and 31st. Maximum temperature on the coldest days was 7°C on 4th and 5th March. An unpleasant wind-chill occurred on the five days from the 7th to 12th March.

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Nature Notes February 2021

Total monthly rainfall: 54.5 millimetres. Maximum daily rainfall: 13 millimetres (7th February).

This fell as snow between the 7th and 10th, and there was 100% cloud cover for 17 days for at least part of each day.

Maximum temperature on the warmest days was 15°C on the 23rd,24th, and 25th. Maximum temperature on the coldest days was 0°C on the 8th,9th,10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th with overnight frost from the 7th to 14th when all ponds were partly or wholly frozen.

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Nature Notes January 2021

Total monthly rainfall: 149.5 millimetres.  Maximum daily rainfall: 25 millimetres (14th January)

Altogether there were 24 days when measurable rain fell, and 26 days with 100% cloud cover for at least part of the day. All ponds remained full throughout the month and woodland paths were frequently flooded, as were hollows in all the fields. This wet weather led to the development of fungus on many woodland trees.

Maximum temperature on the warmest day was 13°C on January 28th. Maximum temperature on the coldest day was 1°C on the 8th and 10th. There was overnight frost on 10 nights, and ponds and lake were partly or wholly frozen between the 7th and 10th and 24th/25th.

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