Past Events

Broadwater Forest RSPB Reserve.

Meet in Reserve carpark, Broadwater Forest Lane at TQ 555373. Leader: Martin Allison

Event Date 17-10-2010
Location: Broadwater Forest RSPB Reserve

Kent's Biodiversity 2010 – and beyond

The Old Sessions Lecture Theatre,
Canterbury Christ Church University College,

10am - 4pm

Supported by Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre

The aim of this year's conference is to look at 'biodiversity in Kent' as our contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity. The IYB is meant to raise awareness of the importance of the world's biodiversity through activities and events with a view to influencing decision makers "to elevate biological diversity nearer to the top of the political agenda". Dick Vane-Wright, former Keeper of Entomology at the Natural History Museum, has studied numerous faunas around the world and will explain what he thinks biodiversity is, and how to measure it. The main focus will be on showing how organisations both inside and outside Kent are working with the Wildlife Trust to maintain the region's biodiversity, with speakers from Butterfly Conservation, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, the farmers' Wildlife Advisory Group and Kent County Council. Biodiversity 'hot spots' are not just confined to land and two talks, both by NHM specialists, will focus on the wildlife in the seas around our coast. New morphometric and molecular techniques have shown that there is a wealth of biological variation below the species level (subspecies, forms, ecotypes, haplotypes) that is equally 'diverse' and requires recognition and conservation support. Professor Richard Bateman from RBG Kew will present the results of recent studies on monkey, lady and late spider orchids and BSBI Recorder for Kent, Geoffrey Kitchener, will cover the wider aspects of our flora. The time is approaching when we might seriously be able to produce a comprehensive account of our county's biodiversity – atlases to several groups have recently been published, the new Plant Atlas has gone to press and more are planned. The conference concludes with a look at future studies:  with the undertaking of a new Habitats Survey by Kent County Council. 

icon Kent Wildlife Conference 2010 programme and booking form (241.52 kB)


Event Date 16-10-2010

East Blean KWT reserve. Joint meeting with Whitstable Natural History Society.

Meet in the reserve car park off Hicks Forstal Road at TR194643. Leader: Fred Booth.

Event Date 10-10-2010
Location: Hicks Forstal Road

Meet at the National Trust car park TQ687354.

Leader: Joyce Pitt.

Event Date 03-10-2010
Location: Scotney Castle

Meet at the main carpark TQ971461.

Leader: Fred Booth.

Event Date 25-09-2010
Location: Hothfield Heathland
Appledore TQ954317. Leader: Keith Palmer.
Event Date 19-09-2010

Benenden Churchyard at 10.30am TQ808327 and at Rolvenden Churchyard TQ845312 at 2pm.

Beginners are most welcome. Leader: Keith Palmer.

Event Date 18-09-2010
Location: Rolvenden Churchyard

Meet at TQ547548.

Leader: Anne Andrews.

Event Date 12-09-2010
Location: Mereworth Woods

Meet in the National Trust car park at TQ478524.

Leader: Trudy Fleming.

Event Date 05-09-2010
Location: Ide Hill

Meet at TR197483.

Leader: Joyce Pitt.

Event Date 28-08-2010
Location: Jumping Down and Hoath Wood

Meet in the car park at TQ417433.

Leader: Martin Allison.

Event Date 22-08-2010
Location: Tudeley RSPB Reserve

Meet at the Football field carpark TQ970457.

Leader: Joyce Pitt.

Event Date 15-08-2010
Location: Hothfield Heathland

Park along the Pilgrim's Way at the junction with Harple Lane TQ789585.

Leader: Fred Booth.

Event Date 07-08-2010
Location: The Larches, Detling.
Meet at the football field carpark TR970457. Leader: Richard Moyse.
Event Date 31-07-2010
Location: Hothfield Heathland

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