KMG

The next KMG meeting will be held on 2 December at the Singleton Centre, Ashford. 14.00 – 16.00

All are welcome

Agenda to follow…….

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Kent Field Club Conference

THE KENT WILDLIFE CONFERENCE

SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER 2017

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.

 Programme

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.

 

Moth dissection course

Moth dissection.

At the last moth group meeting we were asked to look into the possibility of a course on genitalia dissection.

There are two possible routes.

  1. A professional ecologist will run a two day course for six participants. The cost would be about £100 per person.
  2. A local expert will do a one day course on macros only. Cost about £15.

However there is an additional cost for either course. You cannot do dissections without a microscope ( for most species ). We do not know of a venue which could provide these. To buy one, and there is no point doing the course unless you can continue dissecting, would be around £200. A suitable one can be seen on the Anglian Leps site.

Please let us know if you still want us to arrange something ( and state your preference) by e-mailing mothsinkent@gmail.com

Exciting new project needs your help

Butterfly Conservation have identified parts of East Kent as a priority area to set up a project relating to moths and their conservation. They are putting in a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

As part of this they have provisionally identified some species of particular interest. They would be very interested in Kent Moth Group members views on this list.eg are there any glaring omissions.

Two key features of the bid are conservation and engagement. Some of the species lend themselves more to one area than the other.

There is only a couple of months to refine the bid and so if anyone has any relevant views could they email me, via the Kent Moth Group email- mothsinkent@gmail.com and I will collect them together and pass them on.

Focus species (provisional)

Primary moths

Black-veined Moth, Marsh Mallow Moth, Bright Wave, Sussex Emerald, Fiery Clearwing, Straw Belle

Other moths

Anania funebris, Drab Looper, Rest Harrow, Stigmella zelleriella, Common Fan-foot,

Sciota hostilis, Phylonorycter sagitella, Phyllonorycter scabiosella, Agrotera nemoralis,

Grapholita pallifrontana, White Spot, Four-spotted, Barred Tooth-striped, Sloe Carpet,

Chalk Carpet, Fisher’s Estuarine Moth

Caryocolum blandulella, Pempeliella ornatella, Coleophora galbulipennella, Phyllonorycter insignitella, Coleophora chalcogramella