Past Events

Rose Hill House, Key Street, near Sittingbourne for general records. The grounds and ruins of Rose Hill House, a former hunting lodge and woodland.

NB. Walking access is by two short, quite steep, tracks.

Meet at TQ886642 in the small free sports club car park, there is additional parking in adjacent roads.

Leader: Mike Platten (01795 470327).

Event Date 23-04-2017
Location: Rose Hill House, Key Street

Mopesden wood near Hawkhurst, for bryophytes and general recording in this gill woodland with sandstone rocks. 

Meet at TQ745306 in the car park of Hawkhurst Community Hospital, entrance off the north side of A268.

NB. It is about a kilometres walk to the woodland from the meeting point.  

Leader: Stephen Lemon (07771 760079).

Event Date 08-04-2017
Location: Mopesden wood near Hawkhurst

Orlestone Forest, near Ashford, for bryophytes and general recording. 

Meet at TQ986348 in the nature reserve car park. 

Leader: Jacky Langton (07823 325642).

Event Date 02-04-2017
Location: Orlestone Forest, near Ashford

Stone Bay for a joint recording meeting with Shoresearch. An investigation of the chalk reef that lies below the sandy shore in this bay just north of Broadstairs Harbour. 

NB. If you are interested in this meeting please email and request to be added to the circulation list to receive updates of the meeting time and place. 

Leader:  Fiona White (07779 657573).

Event Date 01-04-2017
Location: Stone Bay

White Chimney wood near Benenden for joint meeting with Kent Botanical Recording Group.  An early meeting to record woodland ferns in this Local Wildlife Site on Tunbridge Wells sand with a deep gill.

Meet at 10.00 am at TQ7830 3227 where we have kind permission for parking by a cottage on a gravelled parking area along the private drive to Great Nineveh. Limited parking, please car share where possible. Leaders: Stephen Lemon (07771 760079) & Sue Buckingham (07971 230840).

Please notify Sue in advance if you expect to attend .  

Event Date 25-03-2017
Location: White Chimney wood near Benenden

Chilston Ponds, Lenham Heath for amphibians. 

NB. This is an Evening meeting untilabout 10.00 pm

Please bring a torch.

Meet at 7.00 pm at TQ 8909 5084, parking is through the entrance to Chilston ponds.

Leader: Mike Phillips (07540 250320).

Event Date 17-03-2017
Location: Chilston Ponds, Lenham Heath

The AGM of the Kent Field Club

Including the Annual President’s Address

‘New Perspectives on the Butterflies of Kent’

By Kent Field Club President, Dick Vane-Wright

Plus, short reports on other aspects of Kent’s wildlife:

‘Kent’s Marine Conservation Zones and their Biodiversity

by Bryony Chapman

‘Spatial Ecology in Wildlife Recording: it’s hip to be square’

by Paul Tinsley-Marshall

The 2017 Bulletin and Transactions No. 20 will be available for members to collect at the AGM

2pm – 5pm, Sunday 12th March 2017


Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3BD
Event Date 12-03-2017
Location: Tyland Barn

Hungershall Rocks for a joint meeting with the British Bryological Society.

A small valley lined with Ardingly sandstone crags and Rusthall common if time permits.

Meet at TQ558383 in free car park next to the nearby High Rocks.

Leader:Stephen Lemon (07771 760079).

Event Date 11-03-2017
Location: Hungershall Rocks

Kingsdown for a joint recording meeting with Shoresearch on this shingle and boulder shore that leads down to an interesting chalk platform with rockpools and boulders.

NB. If you are interested in this meeting please email and request to be added to the circulation list to receive updates of the meeting time and place. 

Leader:  Fiona White (07779 657573).

Event Date 04-03-2017

A bonus meeting to our field season! Joyce Pitt will lead this fungus foray at Elham Park Wood.

Meet at  TR 162464, parking in laybys along the lane.

Event Date 19-11-2016
Location: Elham Park Wood

An opportunity to explore this very picturesque bay with its rocky shore, within the Dover to Deal Marine Conservation Zone.

NB. If you are interested in this meeting please email and request to be added to the circulation list to receive updates of the meeting time and place.

Leader: Fiona White.

Event Date 12-11-2016
Location: St Margaret’s Bay,nr Dover

Meet at TQ953317, parking in the KCC picnic area car park.

Leader: Joyce Pitt.

Event Date 05-11-2016
Location: Parkwood & Great Heron wood, near Appledore

Meet at TQ554372 in the RSPB reserve car park.

Leader: Martin Allison.

Event Date 29-10-2016
Location: Broadwater Forest RSPB Reserve

Meet at TQ860588, parking at St. James' church, Bicknor.

Leader: Joyce Pitt.

Event Date 23-10-2016
Location: Admiral & Gorham Woods

Meet at TQ575428, parking near the church.

Leader: Mario Tortelli.

Event Date 15-10-2016
Location: Southborough Common

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.

Email: .


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 Date 15-10-2016
Location: University of Kent

Meet at TR006596 for parking at Brogdale Farm. Please arrive by 10.30 am as we will need to car share to the nearby woods.

Leader: Alex Henrici.

Contact if needed on day is Joyce Pitt.

Event Date 08-10-2016
Location: Badgin and Rice woods, Faversham

 Meet at TQ598397 in the car park off Pembury Road A264.

Leaders: Ishpi Blatchley & Joyce Pitt.

Event Date 02-10-2016
Location: Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells

Meet at TQ611683 in Gorsewood Road, Hartley.

Leader: Trudy Fleming.

Event Date 24-09-2016
Location: Hartley Wood, Hartley

Meet at TQ542683 in the car park on Calfstock Lane.

Leader: Anne Andrews

Event Date 17-09-2016
Location: Farningham Woods Nature Reserve

Meet at TQ647546, parking at the far end of the car park of the Moody Mare gastropub on Seven Mile Lane.

Leader: Brian Bullen.

Event Date 10-09-2016
Location: Mereworth Woods

We will walk two to three miles along footpaths from Penshurst Place to the Poundsbridge area.

Meet by 10 am at TQ529440, along the garden wall side of the Penshurst Place main car park, parking is free.

Leader: Stephen Lemon

Event Date 03-09-2016
Location: Penshurst Place

An evening bat walk at one of best sites in Kent. Please bring a torch and a bat detector if you have one.

Meet by 7.45 pm at TQ774553 in the small car park by the boating lake.

Leader: John Puckett.

Event Date 28-08-2016
Location: Mote Park, Maidstone

Meet by 11.30 am at TQ915694, the Swale end of Ferry Road adjacent to the old Kingsferry Bridge.

Leader: Ian Tittley.

Event Date 27-08-2016
Location: North Swale saltmarshes

Meet at TR160359 at the end of the drive on the Castle Road outside the Castle.

Leaders: Martin Newcombe and Jane Clark.

Event Date 21-08-2016
Location: Saltwood Castle, Saltwood

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