Kent Wildlife Conference 2016

The Kent Wildlife Conference, now in its sixteenth year, was created as a way for field naturalists in the county to meet, learn about and discuss the county's wild plant and animal species.

You are welcome to bring displays or other information about work relevant to Kent natural history, and we especially welcome posters detailing recent research work.

The Conference will be held in the Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 at the University of Kent's Canterbury Campus, Canterbury, CT2 7NZ. Free, ample parking is available all day in the main visitor car park on site and there is a frequent bus service to the university from both Canterbury East and Canterbury West railway stations.

A plan of the campus can be downloaded from

(the Grimond Building is J6 on this plan)

The cost for the day will be just £20.00 per person including refreshments and a buffet lunch (vegetarian dishes included).

Places can be booked by:

Sending your contact details and a cheque payable to the Kent Field Club and return by Friday 7th October 2016 to: John Badmin, Coppice Place, Perry Wood, Selling, nr Faversham, Kent ME13 9RP.


Direct payment to NatWest Bank can be made by citing Kent Field Club Sort Code 606008, Account No. 00039667, Reference ‘Conference 16’ and confirmatory email to John Badmin.

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09.50 Welcome and introduction. John Badmin, Kent Field Club.

10.00 Bird ringing; my first six years. John Buckingham, Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory.

10.25 Using mapping for bumblebee conservation at a landscape level. Sam Page, Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

10.50 Save the badger! Changing public perceptions of wildlife conservation. Pete Raine, formerly Kent County Council & Kent Wildlife Trust.

11:15 - 11:45 Coffee and poster session

11.45 Microbiomes: what are they and who cares? Gary Robinson, KMBRC Trustee, School of Biosciences, University of Kent.

12.10 Natural History at Maidstone Museum. Samantha Harris, Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery.

12.35 Whither or wither? Natural History collections in Kent. Ian Tittley, Kent Field Club.

13:00 – 14.10 Lunch and poster session

14.10 Birds of Kent, Winners and Losers in Changing Times. Tony Morris, Kent Ornithological Society.

14.35 Go Westgate young Entomologist. Dick Vane-Wright, Durrell Institute of Ecology, University of Kent.

15.00 Remote sensing: new tools to identify changes in intertidal communities. Chris Yesson and Juliet Brodie, Natural History Museum.

15.25 The historic Dover Downlands: An Emerging Living Landscape. John McAllister, Kent Wildlife Trust.

15.50 Discussion and Close.

Refreshments will be available in the foyer after the close of conference for those who wish to have some time to chat and have a catch up.

Please note that the programme may be subject to change.

Event Properties

Event Date 15-10-2016
Price Free
Location University of Kent

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