CoastLife Citizen Science
Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve is host to a unique range of wildlife and habitats, and is Kent Wildlife Trust’s largest and most protected site. It is home to Kent’s only ancient dune pasture, and the mosaic of rocky shore, saltmarsh and beaches provides a sanctuary for an incredible number of rare and sensitive shoreline birds.
This extraordinary stretch of coast bursts with life. Ten thousands of migratory birds fly in every year to join the residents, seals swim up and down the beach, curiously looking at anybody going by, and people come and visit to enjoy the beauty and vastness of the site. However, recreational activities, such as dog walking and kite surfing, are becoming more and more frequent, increasing the pressure on rare and sensitive wildlife and threatening the characteristics that make this place so very special.
We want to improve the way we protect our shoreline birds and to do so we need to better understand how human activities affect bird behaviour and populations. We have started an exciting long-term study to survey these human activities and bird responses. This will enable us to move forward with protecting the area and with finding a way where people and wildlife can co-exist.
Flowers of Saltmarshes
Gain a better understanding of the plants that live on coastal mudflats and how they have become specialised to cope with the harsh…
Wild flowers – folklore, food and fantasy
An introduction to the folklore of plants. Learn about the use of wild plants in our culture and everyday life, as food and medicines,…
Chalk Grassland Flowers
Can you identify the flowers of chalk grassland? Learn more about this special habitat and its key plants, starting at Sevenoaks and…
All About Barn Owls in Kent
Learn about barn owl ecology and habitat management. Includes practical sessions such as studying barn owl pellets and small mammal…
Mid Summer Stories with John Kirk
Join us for this Story telling and story writing event aiming to mark the Mid-Summer solstice. With the fabulous John Kirk.
Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Beginners
Learn about the ecology of these attractive insects, how to identify our most common and rarest species and practise your skills in the…
Phase 1 Habitat Survey – Part 2
Further practice in plant identification with an emphasis on key indicator species for each habitat and discussion of useful features…
Learn about the life cycles and habitats of dragonflies and aids to identification then participate in a field study of adult…
Broad-leaved trees and shrubs in summer
Learn to identify trees and shrubs from their foliage.