Nature's Sure Connected


Nature's Sure Connected

Evidencing Landscape Scale Conservation

Nature's Sure Connected is an exciting biodiversity monitoring project which aims to address the challenge of how to tell if conservation is working across the landscapes of Kent and beyond.

Landscape-scale conservation is the combined effort of multiple people and organisations, working to protect and restore the natural environment at large scales and across multiple sites within landscapes.

A huge number of organisations and land managers carry out practical actions to conserve wildlife, and we already know how to monitor this work on individual sites. So far there is no tried and tested or agreed on way of demonstrating whether this practical action produces the results we hope to see at a large landscape scale.

Nature Sure Connected Logo

Nature’s Sure Connected will develop an approach that will not only help Kent Wildlife Trust but work in any landscape setting. Through widespread consultation, the project will design, test and deliver a number of evidence-based projects around the guiding landscape principles More, Bigger, Better and Joined spaces for nature set out by John Lawton. We will develop a framework for landscape-scale monitoring, and test it by conducting carefully thought out surveys. Working with the conservation community we will develop the framework so that it will work for and be shared by organisations across Kent and the UK.

This 18-month project is being led by Kent Wildlife Trust and has been funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Field Identification Skills Certificate work and survey

How you can get involved?

There are many opportunities to get involved with, from one-off surveys to regular weekly (or more) surveys. The number of hours you can offer to the project is flexible and will include both weekday and weekend surveys.

We are currently working to finalise the survey programme for this summer but potential surveys include butterfly, water vole, wildflower and reptile surveys.

All we need is a group of enthusiastic and nature loving volunteers to complete these surveys. No experience of ecological surveying is needed, just a willingness to learn and a few hours of your time. 

Want to get involved?

Volunteer roles we are looking to recruit include: Ecology Group Surveyors, Ecology Group Leaders and Data Management Volunteers.

If you’re interested in finding out more or want to get involved with the project please register your interest below.

Keep in touch

 You can update your preferences with Kent Wildlife Trust at any time by contacting Kent Wildlife Trust at or by calling 01622 357800 or by writing to Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD.

Your details will be used for Kent Wildlife Trust purposes only and will not be sold or passed onto any other organisations.

Registering your interest will add you to our Nature Sure Connected mailing list where you will get updates on the project and how you can get involved

For further information please call 01622 357847 or contact any member of the project team:

Keeley Atkinson - Volunteer Coordinator -

Alana Skilbeck - Assistant Ecology Volunteer Officer –

Paul Tinsley-Marshall – Project Lead -

You can also find out more about the project and follow our progress on the Ecology group Facebook page.

Tyland Barn

Nature's Sure Connected launch event

You are invited to our Project Launch Event on Tuesday 23rd April 5:30pm-7:00pm at Tyland Barn Visitor Centre.

This event will include opportunities to:

Find out more about the project and what it involves;
Learn what volunteer role in the project will be for you;
Sign up to particular surveys and training;
Learn some simple identification skills for the surveys we will be carrying out this summer;
Find out about our #Wilder Kent Campaign and how it relates to the Wildlife Trusts wider campaign.


Photo of honey bee taken by Vicky Aelen

Photo of honey bee taken by Vicky Aelen

Find out more

The event will run as an informal drop in event. Therefore, please arrive at any period within the time slot.  Tea/Coffee and cake will be available as well as the opportunity to chat to other volunteers and staff.

If you would like to attend please can you send an RSVP email to by Tuesday 16th April as we have limited space in the Visitor Centre.

We look forward to meeting you.

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