Kent Field Club Conference



Stacey Lecture Theatre 1, Stacey Building

University of Kent, Canterbury Campus

Registration form is here: THE KENT WILDLIFE CONFERENCE 2 2017 final

The Kent Wildlife Conference, now in its seventeenth year, was created as a way for field naturalists to meet, learn about and discuss the county’s wild plant and animal species.

You are welcome to bring displays or other information about work relevant to Kent natural history, and we especially welcome posters detailing recent research work.

The Conference will be held in the Stacey Lecture Theatre 1, School of Biosciences at the University of Kent’s Canterbury Campus, Canterbury, CT2 7NJ. NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE THIS YEAR.

The cost for the day is £20 per person to include refreshments and a buffet lunch. Please enclose a cheque made payable to the Kent Field Club with the completed slip and return by Friday 13th October 2017 to Membership Secretary, 2 West End Cottages, The Street, Doddington, Kent ME9 OBZ.


9.50 Welcome and introduction. John Badmin, Kent Field Club.

10.00 Fifteen years of fun, frolics and filing stuff; how KMBRC and other records centres are moving from paper data to embracing the digital age. Hannah Cook, Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre.

10.25 An axiophyte list for Kent – plants that make botanists go “ooh!”.

Sue Buckingham, BSBI recorder for East Kent.

10.50  An atlas of Kent Lepidoptera: a Kent Field Club series book.

David Gardner, Kent Moth Group.

 11.15 – 11.45 Coffee and poster session

11.45  The use of handheld thermal imaging cameras as a tool for predicting dormouse box occupancy and monitoring heat loss in bats captured in harp traps. Pam Worrall, Animal Management, Hadlow College.

12.10  Bredhurst Woodland Action Group – A community project for people, Wildlife and Trees. Vanessa Jones, BWAG Chairman.

12.35  Microbiomes: are they important to all? Gary Robinson, Biosciences Department, University of Kent.

 13.00 – 14.10 Lunch and poster session

14.10  Ecology and conservation of the RDB fringe-horned mason bee Osmia pilicornis in Kent. Rosie Earwaker, Data Management Officer, RSPB.

14.35  Eyeing up biodiversity: accuracy, error and bias in species identification. Gail Austen, Durrell Institute of Conservation Ecology, University of Kent.

15.00  The Fifth Continent scheme: Biodiversity project. Stan Smith, Kent Wildlife Trust.

 15.25 Discussion and Close

Refreshments will be available for those who wish to chat and catch up.



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