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.
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.
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.
|Location:||University of Kent|
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
|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.
Leader: Fiona White
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Location:||South Marshes, Kingsferry Bridge, Sheppey|
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.
|Location:||Down Bank SSSI, near Chilham|
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.
Leader: David Carder.
|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.