Nature Notes December 2017

Total monthly rainfall in December amounted to 118.5 mm with a maximum daily rainfall of 26mm on the 27th. The maximum temperature on the hottest day of the month (30th) reached 13°C whilst the  coldest day (11th) was only 3°C. The welcome rainfall for this month brought our total annual rainfall to 595.5 millimetres,  the lowest total since 2011, and well below our ten-year running average of 759 millimetres.

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Nature Notes November 2017

The total monthly rainfall was  49.5 mm with a  maximum daily rainfall: 14 mm (11th). Maximum temperature was 15°C  on the 1st  and  3rd, while the  coldest day was 5°C  on the 30th. We recorded fog on the 2nd and 3rd, and frosts on the mornings of the 6th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th and 30th; during the afternoon of the 30th there were some snow flurries which failed to settle.

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DMap Training Workshop

On the 26th November, Club members assembled at KWT Tyland Barn for a workshop on the use of DMap software for producing distribution maps, led by Ian Tittley. This easy-to-learn software can be used for people's own projects, for producing papers and reports for the Bulletin or Transactions and, it is hoped, for speeding the work of future Kent Atlas production.

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The Kent Wildlife Conference 2017

On the 28th October, 81 attendees were welcomed by the University of Kent at their Canterbury campus for the annual Kent Wildlife Conference, held jointly by Kent Field Club and the Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre (https://www.kmbrc.org.uk/). The presentations ranged from the level of microbes up to entire landscapes, and from methods of recording biodiversity to habitat management by local communities.

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