Past Events

Chatham Thunderbolt Pier for a joint recording meeting with Shoresearch.  A chance to investigate life on the floating pontoons on the Medway.

Numbers are likely to be limited for this survey, to book your place and receive further details of the meeting please e-mail: .

Leader:  Fiona White (07779 657573).

Event Date 10-09-2017
Location: Thunderbolt Pier, Chatham

Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory for bird ringing session where we hope to see a good mix of migrants. After lunch, we will walk to the hide overlooking the SBBO scrape to look at waders and then around the Sandwich Bay Estate, beach and golf courses for birds and general recording.  

Meet at TR354574, from 8.00 am onwards for bird ringing session. 

Parking in the SBBO car park, NB. Toll charge is £1 if parking at SBBO. 

Leader: John Buckingham.

Event Date 09-09-2017
Location: Sandwich Bay

Seal Chart/Redhill Wood for fungi and general records (KWT Sevenoaks Greensand commons project).

Meet at TQ573548, with parking by St Lawrence CEP School/St. Lawrence Church on Church Road, Stone Street, Sevenoaks TN15 0LN.

Leader: Andrew Willmore (07720 093128).

Event Date 02-09-2017
Location: Seal Chart

Mill Farm on the Lesser Teise, Marden for general interest (and Small Teasel). The farmer is working to improve condition of a good variety of habitats for birds and insects.

Meet at TQ734456, Mill farm (TN12 9QX) on the south side of Hunton Road. Drive through metal gate into farm yard/car workshop, keep left over the river bridge, following track southwards for about a hundred yards.

Leader:Sue Buckingham (07971 230840).

Event Date 19-08-2017
Location: Mill Farm, Marden

Shakespeare East for a joint recording meeting with Shoresearch.  A survey of the boulders and chalk platform on the eastern side of Shakespeare Cliff just below the train tunnel entrance.

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 12-08-2017
Location: Shakespeare Cliff

Elham Park Wood, to record in the rides for botany and general interest.

Meet at TR162463 the Forestry Commission entrance.  

Leader: Alfie Gay (07725 466003).

Event Date 05-08-2017
Location: Elham Park Wood

Higham Marshes – ditches, grazing marsh and scrubby pastures for insects and plants.

Meet at TQ717742, beside Lower Higham Church, at the end of Church Lane.

Leader: Joyce Pitt (07986 989323).

Event Date 29-07-2017
Location: Higham Marshes



Hacklinge Marshes, near Sandwich for joint meeting with Kent Botanical Recording Group to search for Blysmus compressus (Flat-sedge) and other fenland plants.

Meet at 10.00 am at TR342541, in the car park of the Adelaide Farm café, on east side of the A258, Deal to Sandwich Road.  

Leaders: Stephen Lemon (07771 760079) & Sue Buckingham (07971 230840).

Please notify Sue in advance if you expect to attend .  

Event Date 23-07-2017
Location: Hacklinge Marshes, near Sandwich

The Three Millennial Woods, Sheppey for invertebrates and general interest. These newly-created woodlands, each compositionally quite different, have almost doubled the area of woodland on the island and it will be interesting to discover which species have colonised them. Literally, ecologically, islands within islands within islands.

Meet at TQ946720 in the Thistle Hill Community Wood car park (ME12 3GP) on Thistle Hill Way, Minster, just off the Lower Road to Eastchurch.

Leader: John Badmin (01227 752291).

Event Date 22-07-2017
Location: The Three Millennial Woods, Sheppey

Tutt Hill area near Hothfield for joint meeting with Kent Botanical Recording Group. An area of arable fields, grassland and lanes on Folkestone sand with a history of notable arable weeds.  

Meet at 10.00am at TQ970464 in a layby on north side of the A20 outside Hothfield car sales.

Leader: Owen Leyshon (07770 670316).

Please notify Owen in advance if you expert to attend .

Event Date 16-07-2017
Location: Tutt Hill

All general records required for a small but very rich meadow and wetland area on sand and silt between the HS1 railway line and the M20, site adjacent to the proposed M20 Lorry Park near Sellinge

Meet at TR103381 in Sellinge Village Hall car park off the A20.

Leader: Sue Buckingham (01304 364231).

Event Date 08-07-2017
Location: Sellinge

Folkstone Warren for botany and general interest. 

Meet at TR239364 in free car park on Wear Bay Road next to The Pavillion.

Leader: Alfie Gay (07725 466003).

Event Date 01-07-2017
Location: Folkestone Warren

Jenkey Farm, Shadoxhurst for general interest. This 25ha site was part of KWT’s Ashford Meadows Project.

Meet at TQ978363, parking adjacent to the farm buildings, through double metal gates, off Church Lane.

Leader: Camilla Blackburn (07985 564897).


Event Date 25-06-2017
Location: Jenkey Farm, Shadoxhurst

Abbots Cliff East for a joint meeting with Shoresearch, a shore survey among the big boulders from an old chalk cliff fall under Abbots Cliff

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 24-06-2017
Location: Abbot's Cliff

Westbrook, Hampton, Herne Bay and Swalecliff Brook, Tankerton: two small estuaries for saltmarsh and coastal plants and general natural history.

Meet at 11.00 am at TR158681 in Hampton Pier Road, Hampton, Herne Bay.

Leader: Ian Tittley (07818 292936).

Event Date 17-06-2017
Location: Westbrook, Hampton, Herne Bay

Nemo Down reserve near Dover, whereKWT is working to restore the species-rich chalk grassland, is part of the Historic Dover Downlands Living Landscape.  This meeting will be an opportunity to learn and assist with monitoring efforts through a structured survey of chalk indicator species. We will aim to map the richness and distribution of species across the site to provide a baseline to assess future improvement on the site.

Meet at TR294420, parking on the roadside where Poulton Close meets Coombe Road, Dover, CT17 0HL.

Leaders: Paul Tinsley-Marshall (07782338943) and Karen Weeks.

Event Date 10-06-2017
Location: Nemo Down KWT Reserve

A rare opportuntiy to visit this private site, Monks Wall Nature Reserve, Sandwich is a grazing marsh site currently closed to public access where all records are wanted.

Meet at TR326595 in small parking area beyond a metal gate, just off Monks Way, the road to Sandwich Discovery Park (old Pfizer site).

Leaders: Ken Chapman (warden) and Sue Buckingham (01304 364231).

Event Date 04-06-2017
Location: Monks Wall Nature Reserve, Sandwich

Dungeness RSPB reserve for birds and general interest.

Meet at TR067184 in the RSPB visitor centre car park (NB. Entrance charge is £5 for non-members of RSPB). 

Leader: Ronnie Haar.


Event Date 28-05-2017
Location: Dungeness RSPB Reserve

Tunbridge Wells Common for a joint meeting with the British Plant Gall Society. 

Meet at TQ577390 in the Fir Tree Road car park, TN4 8AH.  

Leader: Keith Palmer (07798 861467).

Event Date 27-05-2017

Hosey Common, all records required for Kent Wildlife Trust’s Sevenoaks Greensand Commons project.  

Meet at TQ452531 in the main car park. 

Leader: Andrew Willmore (07720 093128).

Event Date 21-05-2017

Rusthall Common, near Tunbridge Wells, for invertebrates and general interest. A variety of habitats including sandstone outcrops, acid grassland and freshwater.

Meet at TQ568395, Toad Rock, with roadside parking in Harmony Street, in front of the rock.

Leader: Ian Beavis (01892 554171).

Event Date 20-05-2017
Location: Rusthall Common, near Tunbridge Wells

Bingley Island, Canterbury, for beetles (Coleoptera) and general recording.

Meeting at Toddler's Cove Car Park TR142577, off of Whitehall Road.

From St Dunstans Street turn right into Lindon Grove (narrow entrance opposite the Bishop's Finger pub), take second right (Whitehall Bridge Rd) and then first left (Whitehall Road) follow the road under the Rhiems way and the car park is on the left


Leader:  Dick Vane-Wright: ; 01227 768 624

Event Date 14-05-2017
Location: Bingley Island

Stock Wood Local Wildlife Site for all records.  An ancient woodland with gill streams, grassy rides and old woodbanks.

Meet at TQ485439 in the car parking area, accessed via 350m of hard track from the entrance gate, off Rectory Lane, Edenbridge (nearest postcode, TN8 7NA).

Leader: Alison Riggs (07947 170088).

Event Date 13-05-2017
Location: Stock Wood, nr Chiddingstone

Poulton Wood Local Wildlife Site for general interest.

Meet at TR060362, parking in the field adjacent to the main car park off Forge Hill.

Leader:Camilla Blackburn (07985 564897).

Event Date 07-05-2017
Location: Poulton Wood LWS

Boughton-under-Blean and Selling Churchyards for lichen recording. 

Meet at TR048584 St. Peter and St. Paul car park, Boughton-under-Blean by 10.30am and at TR038568 St. Mary the Virgin, Selling by 2.00pm. 

Leader: Keith Palmer (07798 861467).

Event Date 06-05-2017

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