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The Natural History of NorthWest Kent

Saturday, 22 October 2011,10:00am – 4:00pm

Pilkington Lecture Theatre

University of Greenwich, Medway Campus

This year the aim of the conference will be to look at the current status of the flora and fauna of north-west Kent. This region has become increasingly urbanised in recent decades as London's suburbs and its commuters have spread farther east into Kent. The 'North-West' extends from Bromley and Bexley east to Gravesend and to the towns along the river Medway. The built area in the west is known to support some of the largest and most important brownfield sites for invertebrates in the country, owing to its warm, south-easterly location in the UK. By contrast there are some wonderful stretches of open downland and woodland rich in wildlife along the area's southern boundary. The northern boundary is defined by the river Thames and includes the Isle of Grain. Entirely different types of habitat occur here; isolated woodland remnants, extensive patches of grazing marsh and lagoons important for overwintering and breeding birds, sea defences and saltmarshes. The river Thames itself is rich in marine flora and fauna.This area appears to have received less attention from naturalists than other equivalent areas of Kent in recent years and one of the aims of the meeting is to collate information for future conservation purposes. For example, the siting of a third London airport in the region remains an issue. Landscape scale conservation plans for the area have been prepared and will be discussed during the day.

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icon Kent Wildlife Conference 2011 Programme

Event Date 22-10-2011
Location: University of Greenwich Chatham Campus
Meet at the double gates, beneath the overhead pylons, north of the Pembury Hospital and south of Sandhill Farm TQ613416. Leader: Martin Allison
Event Date 15-10-2011
Location: Pembury Heath RSPB
Meet in Church Road at TQ573552. Leader: Trudy Fleming
Event Date 09-10-2011
Location: Seal Chart
Meet at the car park TQ670629. Leader: Anne Andrews
Event Date 01-10-2011
Location: Holly Hill, Birling
A late summer visit to this important KWT reserve to look for fungi. Meet in the reserve car park at TQ828630. Leader: Alec Henricki
Event Date 25-09-2011
Location: Queendown Warren KWT Reserve
Meet at the reserve car park TQ828630. Leader: Fred Booth
Event Date 17-09-2011
Location: Ashford Warren
Meet in Hurstwood Road (or the church car park) TQ797622. Leader: Joyce Pitt
Event Date 10-09-2011
Location: Bredhurst Woods
Meet in car park at TQ781758. Leader: Keith Palmer
Event Date 03-09-2011
Location: Northward Hill RSPB Reserve, High Halstow
Take the minor road south off the A26 at Eridge Green (to Robertsbridge). After 1.5km take the minor track on the west side to Hamsell manor. Continue towards Stitches Farm. Take the minor lane on the west signed Troutbeck. Park along this drive at TQ550336. Leader: Ian Beavis
Event Date 28-08-2011
Location: Troutbeck Private Reserve, Eridge
Meet in the NT car park at TR337423. Leaders: Fred Booth & Lesley Mason
Event Date 20-08-2011
Location: Langdon Cliffs National Trust, Dover
Meet in the public car park off Old Maidstone Road, Lenham at TQ897522 and share cars to the site. Leader: Laurence Clemons
Event Date 13-08-2011
Location: Kiln Wood KWT Reserve, Lenham
Meet on Seasalter Lane at TR091642 where there will be off road parking. Leader: Richard Moyse
Event Date 06-08-2011
Location: Seasalter Levels LNR

Please note that this is a new meeting not included in the printed programme card

Meet in the car park at the rear of the George and Dragon Centre off the A2 at TR287444. Leader: Peter Kirby

Event Date 31-07-2011
Location: Lydden Down NNR

Please note this is a change of date from that published in the printed programme

Meet in the Plain Farm yard off Snoad Lane TQ758418. Leader: Joyce Pitt

Event Date 24-07-2011
Location: Snoad Wood, Marden Thorne
Meet at the green along Brook Lane (no through road) off Swan Lane TR117386. Leaders: Doug Grant and Sue Poyser
Event Date 17-07-2011
Location: Gibbins Brook, Sellindge
A joint meeting with the British Entomological & Natural History Society. This is the Kent Field Club's first visit to this site, where in 2010 the scarce bug Megalonotus antennatus was discovered by a member of the KMBRC. Meet by the Alma public house in Painters Forstal, TQ993589. Leaders: John Badmin & Michael Barnett
Event Date 10-07-2011
Location: Lorenden Park, Faversham
Meet in the car park of the A253 at TQ283656 by 10am. Leader: Tony Harman
Event Date 02-07-2011
Location: Monkton Chalk Pit
Meet in car park at TQ555373. Leader: Martin Allison
Event Date 26-06-2011
Location: Broadwater Forest RSPB Reserve
Meet in the field off of the lane at TR195485. Leader: Leonie Seymour
Event Date 19-06-2011
Location: Jumping Downs, Barham
Meet in the car park in Peene village at TR185378. Note: We will move to a different car park so don't be late! This may change for MOD reasons. Leaders Alfie & Peter Gay
Event Date 18-06-2011
Location: Arpinge Ranges (MOD)
A visit to Great Culand Pit KWT Reserve for spiders and general interest. Meet at Tyland Barn (TQ752592) for transport to the site. Note: There are some very steep steps. Leaders: Steve Weeks & Greg Hitchcock
Event Date 11-06-2011
Location: Great Culand Pit KWT Reserve
A general interest visit to this lovely spot. Meet in the field beside Fackenden Lane at TQ529607. Leader: Dave Hutton
Event Date 05-06-2011
Location: Fackenden Down KWT Reserve
A general interest and invertebrate visit to Herne Bay Downs. Meet on the Lees (seafront road above grassland bank) at TR192684 - note: This is a private road with no vehicular access and drivers should park to the East of Beacon Hill. Leader: Fred Booth
Event Date 28-05-2011
Location: Herne Bay Downs
A meeting for general interest and invertebrates at The Plants area of Tudeley Woods near Tunbridge Wells. Meet in the RSPB car park at TQ617433. Leader: Ian Beavis
Event Date 22-05-2011
Location: The Plants, Tudeley Woods RSPB
A botanical interest meeting to see if Orchis purpurea can be found in recent coppice. Meet in Crutches Lane, Gadshill at TQ707703. Leader: Joyce Pitt
Event Date 15-05-2011
Location: Great Crabbles Wood

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