Kent Wildlife Conference – 18th October

Kent Field Club (the Kent equivalent of the London Natural History Society) is holding it’s annual conference at the University of Kent’s Canterbury Campus, on October 18th. As usual there will be a number of talks of interest to students of wildlife matters in Bexley. 

Of course we share a long border with Kent (that wildlife takes no notice of), and from the point of view of wildlife recording, Bexley falls within the Vice-county of West Kent – so that there is a certain degree of overlap in the ground naturalists on each side of the border are interested in.

Booking form here:

The cost is £20 per person.


  • 9.50 Welcome and introduction. John Badmin, Kent Field Club.
  • 10.00 Alien pests and diseases, and biosecurity measures. Andrew Gaunt, The Food and Environment Research Agency.
  • 10.25 Change in abundance of large brown seaweeds in the British Isles: is this happening in Kent? Prof. Juliet Brodie, Dr Chris Yesson, Natural History Museum
  • 10.50 The Kent Breeding Bird Atlas 2008-11 – changes in Kent’s avifauna.Stephen Wood, Kent Ornithological Society.
  • 11:15 – 11:35 Coffee and poster session
  • 11.35 The Robert Pocock Herbarium Project. Pauline Heathcote, North West Kent Local Group of Kent Wildlife Trust
  • 12.00 Kent plants today. Geoffrey Kitchener, Kent Botanical Recording Group.
  • 12.25 Spider behaviour. Greg Hitchcock, British Arachnological Society.
  • 12:50 – 2.00 Lunch and poster session
  • 2.00 The Kent Heritage Tree Project: involving the community in finding Heritage Trees. Jadie Baker, The Conservation Volunteers.
  • 2.25 The national importance of the Chattenden Woods and Lodge Hill SSSI for nightingales. Phil Williams, Natural England.
  • 2.50 Crassula helmsii in Kent: do the effects on biodiversity justify control?Tim Smith, Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • 3.15 The use of pheromones as a sampling tool for the ecological study of burnet moths. Dr Joe Burman, Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • 3.40 Discussion. This session will conclude the conference and also provide an opportunity for people to flag up new projects and record requests before the conference close.
  • 4.00 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




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