CoastLife Citizen Science
Sandwich Road,, Ramsgate, Kent, CT12 5JB
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.
Birds of Prey of the North Kent Marshes
Spend a day observing birds of prey. Learn how to identify different species and more about their characteristics, habitats and…
Nature for our Wellbeing – Mindfulness walk
A mindful walk around Hothfield Heathlands, noticing the nature of this reserve and practising some mindfulness techniques.
Field Identification Skills Certificate
Take an assessment of your botanical survey skills and receive a certificate from the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland
Phase 1 Habitat Survey Day – Part 2
Further practice in plant identification with an emphasis on key indicator species for each habitat and discussion of useful features…
An Introduction to Sedges and Rushes
Learn more about the sedges and rushes - plant species which are found in many of our wilder, unimproved habitats but are often unfairly…
Grasses for Beginners
There are over 150 species of native grasses in Britain. Learn how to identify some of the common species.
Learn about the life cycles and habitats of dragonflies and aids to identification. Then participate in a field study of adult…
Wild Cabbages and Carrots
Learn to identify plants in the Wild Carrot and Wild Cabbage families
Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Beginners
Learn about the biology and ecology of these attractive, charismatic insects, how to identify our most common and rarest species and…