The Kent Wildlife Conference, now in its twentieth year and back after a hiatus, was created as a way for field naturalists to meet, learn about and discuss the county’s wild plant and animal species, conservation and new ways of recording.
You are welcome to bring displays or other information about work relevant to Kent’s natural history, and we especially welcome posters detailing recent research work. To book displays please contact Dr Gary Robinson at the University (. 01227 823530) at least 7 days before the event.
The Conference will be held in the Grimond Lecture Theatre 2 at the University of Kent’s Canterbury Campus, Canterbury, CT2 7NJ. Free, ample parking is available all day in the nearby main visitor car park.
The cost for the day is £17 per person (£12 for students) to include refreshments and a buffet lunch (vegetarian dishes included). You can register and pay via the Kent Field Club website or by bank transfer/cheque, (see details on application form) and return the slip by Saturday 29th October 2022 to the Membership Secretary, Gladden, The Street, Doddington, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 0BS.
9.55 Welcome and introduction. Simon Springate, Kent Field Club.
10.00 State of Nature in Kent Report, Matthew Balfour & Chris Drake, Kent Nature Partnership
10.20 State of Kent’s vascular plants, Sue Buckingham, Kent Botanical Recording Group
10.40 State of Moths in Kent Ian Hunter, Kent Moth Group
11.00 State of Mammals in Kent, Kent Mammal Group
11.20 – 11.50 Coffee and poster session
11.50 State of Herptiles in Kent, Rick Hodges/Mike Phillips, Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group
12.10 State of Birds in Kent, Kent Ornithological Society
12.30 Nature Recovery at a County Scale, Rory Harding, Kent Wildlife Trust
13.10 – 14.10 Lunch and poster session
14.10 Project and record requests.
14.20 The Evolution of the Chalk Coast at Kingsgate, Richard Hubbard
14.50 Hackemdown Point, Thanet: Long-term Intertidal Community Studies 1966-2022, Ian Tittley, NHM
15.10 Kingsgate, Thanet: the Development of Sand-dunes since the 1920s and their colonisation by plants, Tina Hubbard
15.20 General Discussion
From Whitstable, A2, Canterbury and the west enter the university from the A290 follow the road into Giles Lane and turn right into Library Road; from Herne Bay, Canterbury and the east enter the university from Hackington Road and follow Giles Lane and turn left into Library Road.
The joint Grimond and Aphra and Lumley Building is west (though it feels north) of the new Templeman Library.
You may park for free in the Gulbenkian Theatre carpark during day time, or use the Sports Centre Road area on the opposite side of Giles Lane nearby, which has a larger free parking area for visitors.
A plan of the campus and location of the Grimond Building can be viewed at
There is a frequent bus service to the University from both Canterbury East and Canterbury West railway stations. There is a bus stop named ‘Science Building’ and it is a short walk east from here onto the main campus and to the Grimond Building near the new Templeman Library.
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Beginners to a particular field of study are very welcome at all meetings. Also anyone thinking of joining the Club is welcome to attend a field meeting, no prior notice is necessary. Kent Field Club field visits and indoor winter meetings are free to members (except the annual Wildlife Conference)
Please bring a packed lunch to all full day meetings. All field meetings start at 10.30am unless otherwise indicated.
Stay safe on field meetings:
Members are reminded that all who attend meetings of the Club do so at their own risk.