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kwthighcowWith the increasing amount and variety of livestock that the Trust owns or loans conservation grazing is becoming an increasingly important management tool. Thanks to recent project funding, many of the chalk downland reserves in the Darenth Valley are being grazed by sheep and cattle this winter, and this year for the first time we will be using goats to control invasive buddleia and silver birch at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve. Read More

golden ploverLate summer and early autumn at Oare Marshes have seen huge numbers of wading birds passing through on their annual migration to over-wintering locations.

During August and September counts in excess of 2,000 black-tailed godwit, 750 redshank, 150 dunlin,100 ringed plover, 200 golden plover and 50 curlew sandpipers have been recorded – the highest count of the latter for many years. Read More

listening to treesIf you’ve ever felt like branching out and having a new experience Medway Council could have the answer for you later this month.

A new art installation will give people the chance to listen to the inner workings of trees.

To get to the root of it – how does it work?

Artist Alex Metcalf uses special high performance microphones to record the sounds from inside the tree as water is pulled up from the roots to the leaves. Read More

Over the last year Hoo Peninsula residents have been meeting with local farmers, environmentalists, businesses and planners to discuss what the Hoo Peninsula could be like as a place to live and work.

Key to this is thinking more about how we can use “greening” projects to improve your quality of life as well as that for wildlife and business. A greening project could be the planting of more trees in villages to reduce temperatures in the summer. Such work could also improve local pride and provide a home for wildlife. The following link to a short video shows other examples of greening projects and their wider benefits http://vimeo.com/38736492.

These local meetings (called Community Conversations) have been organised as part of a larger EU funded project called GIFT-T! (Green Infrastructure for Tomorrow – Together!). The end goal of this work is to see if we can demonstrate what a strong social, economic and environmental future for people, wildlife and business could be.

GIFT-T! is at an early stage but we are really keen to hear the views of lots of local people – of all ages and interests about the Peninsula’s environment and future. To make this as easy as possible an on-line questionnaire has been set up where you can tell us your thoughts. The link is http://139.165.29.43/Gift/Hoopeninsula/

What next?

1. Your information will be saved and will form a key part of the information directing our work.
2. It might be possible to show the results in a future addition of the Peninsula Times.
3. You could attend a future Community Conversation meeting – email Martin.hall@gtgkm.org.uk or call 01634 337593 with your contact details.

Photo credit and copyright Sam Baylis

Photo credit and copyright Sam Baylis

Tue, 01/10/2013 – 7:30pm Illustrated talk by Malcolm Jennings. A look at the amazing communities of insects that live in the tiny worlds that surround us. Organised by North West Kent group. Venue location Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford Boys Grammar School, Shepherds Lane, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2JZ Suggested donation £2.50. Suitable for wheelchair users. Suitable for people with limited mobility. 01622 662012

Oct Poster

Hilton Brighton Metropole, 27-28 October 2012

WhaleFest returns to Brighton this month with a wild weekend of whale and dolphin inspired activities from 27-28 October.

Following the huge success of last year’s event which was attended by over 2,500 people, WhaleFest 2012 will be the largest celebration of wild whales and dolphins in the world and this year’s event will be spectacular. More

Conservation experts have been using the latest techniques to find out more about Rochester Castle’s Keep and carry out some essential maintenance work.
The team of specialists working with Medway Council have been using techniques similar to abseiling in order to examine the walls, which has given them viewpoints from the castle that have not been accessible for hundreds of years. More

The WHF is based in Kent, very near to Headcorn, Smarden and Biddenden and their work is concentrated on supporting and improving populations of some of the worlds most endangered big cats. More

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, one of the South East’s leading visitor attractions and home to the world’s best conifer collection, has appointed Dominic O’Connor Robinson as its new manager. Dominic, who at 25 is Bedgebury’s youngest ever manager, joined the Forestry Commission’s management training programme from Cambridge University in 2009 and has worked across the UK in Wales, Surrey, Bristol and Edinburgh before moving to Kent in May. More

Conservation workers helping to preserve Eastgate House, Rochester have uncovered a mysterious face from the past.

The team of workers have been painstakingly peeling away layers of paint to reveal the original décor of the grade one listed building, which was built in the late 1590s by Sir Peter Buck, Clerk of the Cheque at Chatham Dockyard More

Following last month’s crisis meeting concerning the drought conditions across the south east of England and today’s announcement of imminent hosepipe bans, the RSPB is urging Kent’s residents to ‘Step up for Nature’ and save water in their homes and gardens. More

Visitors to the National Trust’s Chartwell will be offered a very special ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse on the 3rd and 4th November as the house team start to put the house to bed for the Winter. More

A new footbridge connecting Fort Amherst, Chatham to the Great Lines has been named Prince William’s Bridge. More

One of Rochester’s best-loved natural landmarks is in need of urgent conservation works. We need your help to boost public awareness, support and sponsorship for what we believe to be England’s oldest living example of the American Indian Bean Tree or Catalpa Bignonioides

Visit us at http://www.rochestercatalpatree.co.uk to find out more

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