Hothfields Heathland

Lucy Carden

Heathland Habitat Condition Survey Training

Our habitat condition survey training courses have been designed specifically to support Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers in conducting surveys of our reserves and as part of the Nature’s Sure Connected project.

Event details

Meeting point

Hothfield car park - TN26 1HD


10am - 4pm
A static map of Heathland Habitat Condition Survey Training

About the event

Please note this Study Day takes place on a bank holiday.

Spaces are offered free of charge to Ecology Groups volunteers initially, with two spaces on each course available for paying members of the public. Any spaces not taken by volunteers will be made available to the public once volunteers have had a chance to book.

Ecology Groups have been established to help us demonstrate the effect of our reserve management work and to assess the quality of the habitats we manage. You’ll learn a huge amount through this work, gaining skills to identify species, provide valuable data and see it used to benefit wildlife conservation in Kent. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from experienced staff and volunteers who will help to develop your survey and identification skills. All you need is an interest in wildlife; you don’t need a background or any prior knowledge.

This is one of a series of botanical identification days based around different habitats. They are designed for our ecology groups volunteer surveyors on our monitoring exercises but are also open to interested members of the public. If you are in any doubt about its suitability for you, please contact us to discuss.

We will be learning how to survey and record plants for monitoring purposes. This will include identification of material in a variety of states, whether flowering or purely vegetative, and a range of techniques including dichotomous keys, photographs, voucher specimens and mobile phone apps. Survey techniques to be covered include assessing the condition of the habitat.  

To make the most of the event, please note that the day could be cancelled if the weather forecast is very poor, and it will be rescheduled on one of the reserved days (23rd & 28th May; 3rd & 4th June).

The course leader is Alex Lockton, who is an ecological consultant with thirty years’ experience. He is the author of numerous botanical publications and studies, has lectured at several universities, and runs our own botany classes at Tyland Barn.

Know before you go: This course is intended for volunteers who are participating with heathland habitat condition surveys at: Hothfield Heathland.

Please note that there are no toilet facilities at this location.


Phone number

01622 662012

Additional booking information

Booking essential. Proof of booking to be shown on the day.

Suitable for

Adults, Beginners

Know before you go


Under effective control
Well behaved dogs welcome. Please consider wildlife and other visitors by keeping dogs under control at all time. Some areas require dogs to be on leads, please follow instructions.


Lots of walking required. Car park is reasonably flat sand/gravel (some potholes). Access onto the reserve is across small road and through large kissing gate. Uneven ground, rabbit holes and path erosion.

Wheelchair access

This event is not wheelchair accessible

What to bring

Wellies or other sturdy, waterproof footwear, clothing suitable for the outdoors, mosquito repellent, sun hat/cream, backpack with packed lunch, drink, and optional - pocket identification guide and smartphone/lightweight camera.

Parking information

Large car park with 2.2m height barrier.

Contact us

Lucy Carden/ Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012