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.
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…
Conifers at Bedgebury Pinetum
Field studies amongst the largest collection of conifers in the UK. Linked to previous day.
Getting to Know Conifers
Pine, spruce, larch, fir, cedar, redwood… an introduction to identification in the classroom through foliage and cones. Linked to next…
Identification of Fungi III
Helpful tips on identification of larger fungi and their habitats in the field
Ancient and Veteran Trees
Learn about Ancient and Veteran trees and how to recognise and record them
Identification of Fungi II
Helpful tips on identification of larger fungi and their habitats in the field.
Introduction to Rocks
Get to grips with rocks from their identification to their origins and uses
Bird ID and CoastLife Citizen Science Training
Learn how to identify birds and become part of the CoastLife team of volunteers.
Get More from Your Birdwatching
A Study Day for those who would like to take up birdwatching or would like to improve their skills. It focuses on good fieldcraft, bird…