Past Events

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 http://www.kent.ac.uk/directions/pdf/canterbury-campus-guide-2013.pdf

(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.

Or

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: .

Programme

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

Meet at TQ750651, parking in front of the drawbridge outside the fort, just off Primrose Close, Chatham, ME4 6HZ.

Leader: John Puckett.

Event Date 14-08-2016
Location: Fort Horsted, Chatham

All records required for this new site managed by Kent Wildlife Trust.

Meet at TR028436, parking in the car park of the Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford, TN24 9QX.

Leader: Camilla Blackburn.

Event Date 06-08-2016
Location: Conningbrook Lakes CP

The site includes woodland, flower-rich grassland and freshwater habitats.

Meet at TQ 592421, the junction of Barnetts Way with Powder Mill Lane, roadside parking.

Leader: Ian Beavis

Event Date 30-07-2016
Location: Barnett's Wood Local Nature Reserve, Southborough,

Long Rock, Swalecliffe between Whitstable and Herne Bay for Shoresearch meeting exploring this shingle spit over clay.

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 24-07-2016
Location: Long Rock, Swalecliffe

For a joint recording meeting with the Kent Botanical Recording Group and Surrey Botanical Societyin urban streets and parkland.

Meet by 10.15 am at TQ34117060, by the signpost on the park side of Crystal Palace station buildings. Travel by train to Crystal Palace station or there is free car parking within the park grounds.

Leaders: Geoffrey Kitchener & Caroline Bateman. For further details and updates please contact Geoffrey in advance .

Event Date 23-07-2016
Location: Crystal Palace, London Borough of Bromley

A rare opportuntiy to survey the fort roof, walls and ditch.

We have special permission from The Land Trust to access this 19th Century Palmerston fort.

Meet at TR322423, to sign in, parking will be in the parade ground.

NB. Please email or phone the leader, preferably by 6th July if you intend to come, as security require a list of attendees in advance.

Leader: Lesley Mason (.

Event Date 16-07-2016
Location: Fort Burgoyne, Dover

Open Pits, Dungeness RSPB reserve. A joint meeting with the Kent Botanical Recording Group to record the marginal vegetation of this series of natural gravel pits.

Meet by 10 am at TR067184, Dungeness RSPB Visitor Centre car park.

Leaders: Owen Leyshon (please contact in advance in case of updates , Brian Banks & Sue Buckingham.

Event Date 10-07-2016
Location: Dungeness RSPB Reserve

For invertebrates and botany of the saltmarsh, sea wall, dykes and disturbed ground.

Meet at TQ917696 on the Sheppey side of old Kingsferry Road (B2231). The old Sheppey road is accessed by taking the turning left to Ridham Docks off the A249.

Leader: John Badmin.

Event Date 03-07-2016
Location: South Marshes, Kingsferry Bridge, Sheppey

Sugarloaf Hill and Holywell Fen, Folkestone Downs, for botany and general interest.

Meet at TR224377 at the far end of Holywell Avenue, Folkestone.

Leader: Alfie Gay.

Event Date 25-06-2016
Location: Sugarloaf Hill and Holywell Fen, Folkestone Downs

Meet at TR094515 by 10 am. There is a small parking area at the south end of Denge Wood on Penny Pot Lane, just to the north of Upper Thruxted Farm. Please car share if possible and contact the leaders in advance in case of updates.

Leaders: Sue Buckingham ( & Alfie Gay.

Event Date 18-06-2016
Location: Down Bank SSSI, near Chilham

NOTE THAT THE DATE OF THIS MEETING HAS CHANGED TO 12th JUNE.

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

Leader: Joyce Pitt.

Event Date 12-06-2016
Location: Badgin and Rice woods, Faversham

A good site for Man Orchid, Yellow Vetchling and several species of butterfly including Marbled White.

Meet at TQ760659 in Magpie Hall Road on the grass strip just south of Fort Luton (opposite no. 190), parking in nearby roads. 

Daisy Banks Parking Map

Leader: David Carder.

Event Date 11-06-2016
Location: Daisy and Coney Banks, Chatham

An evening meeting to survey the shore below the chalk cliffs near Copt Point. This is also a good site to find fossils.

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 04-06-2016
Location: Folkestone Warren

Meet at TQ554372 in the RSPB reserve car park by 9.30 am. Please note that this is a morning only meeting although you are welcome to stay and record in the afternoon.

Leader: Martin Allison.

Event Date 22-05-2016
Location: Broadwater Forest RSPB Reserve

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