25th March 2007 – Spring Badger Event

The West Kent Badger Group & BWAG held a very successful badger survey day. About 20 volunteers, assisted by badger experts, examined various sites for evidence of badgers. We all came away with a lot more knowledge of badgers and their habitats!

March 2007 – Coppicing Begins

BWAG has obtained a felling license to allow areas of the woodland, selected by Kent Wildlife Trust, to be coppiced over the coming two years. The first phase of this work is funded by the Kent Downs AONB Unit and KCC, Local Grants Scheme. Coppicing is essential to allow the woodland to rejuvenate and is beneficial to both plant and ...

March / April 2007 – Renovation of White Hill

White Hill, a favoured spot for fly tippers, has been smartened up! The work includes the clearance of existing fly tipping; new fencing, and the installation of a substantial metal barrier to deter fly tippers and the illegal access by off road vehicles. In addition, two bridle gates have been erected on the bridleway at the top of Strawberry Banks. ...

April 2007 – Byway Repairs

BWAG has secured £5000 from KCC Public Rights of Way to enable an initial section of the byway, from Day Valley to Arran Bank Stud Farm, to be resurfaced. This was required to allow easy access to the area for contractors, who are carrying out extensive maintenance work throughout the woodland - It will also make walking and horse riding ...

14th April 2007 – Adders in the Valley

About 25 members of BWAG and The Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG) examined Day Valley, Strawberry Banks and the surrounding areas for evidence of reptiles. We found adders, lizards and slow worms. It was a beautiful sunny day - perfect conditions for a spot of reptile sunbathing! We even spotted two male adders in combat!! Thanks to Martin and ...

28th April 2007 – MP Hugh Robertson Supports BWAG Event

BWAG invited Kent Wildlife Trust to hold their 1st Local Wildlife Site Owners Day at Green Court, Bredhurst, courtesy of Stephen & Jane Page. The event was very well attended by landowners from across Kent and was opened by Hugh Robertson, MP. Hugh stressed the importance of protecting our environment and praised BWAG for its many achievements. During the morning ...

6th May 2007 – Spring Bird Walk

We had a glorious sunny day for our ‘Spring Bird Walk’, led by Owen Sweeney of the Kent Ornithological Society (KOS). It was very well attended and many sightings were recorded including Nightingale, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Long Tailed Tit, Skylark, Chaffinch, Thrush and Mistlethrush. See our Plants and Wildlife page for more information about what you may encounter in our woodland!

23rd June 2007 – Cream Teas & Clarinets

The rain stayed away (well for most of the afternoon!) and the gardens of Grove House looked splendid. Music was provided by Ad Hoc Ebony, a local clarinet quartet, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The event raised £581.00

13th, 14th & 15th July 2007 – BWAG at the Kent County Show

For the third year running BWAG had a promotional stand at the Kent County Show. Our pitch was kindly provided free of charge by the showground to support our community project and in recognition that part of Bredhurst Hurst falls within the parish of Detling. We had many visitors to the stand, some of which we had met at previous ...

28th & 29th July 2007 – BWAG at the National Woodland Trust Conference

Several BWAG committee members travelled to Grantham, Lincolnshire to the national Woodland Trust Conference. This was a packed weekend with a number of informative presentations, workshops and a tour of a local woodland. Speakers included Sue Holden, Chief Executive of the Woodland Trust and Tim Scoones, BBC Executive Producer of ‘Springwatch’. We also had speakers from France, Sweden and of ...

6th October 2007 – Bredhurst Fungi Foray

We had a good turn out, despite clashing with the Rugby World Cup Semi-Final!! Our fungi expert and guide Jo Weightman led us around the woodland and we discovered many common and not so common varieties. Click here for details and photos of some of the species found.

27th October 2007 – BWAG Visit to Berengrave Local Nature Reserve

Several BWAG members visited this fascinating site, designated as a LNR in 1984. We learnt much about the wildlife and history of the area from our guide and Chairman of Friends of Berengrave (FoB), Brian Baker. For more information about FoB visit www.friendsofberengrave.btik.com

1st November 2007 – BWAG Volunteers Install 45 Steps

BWAG volunteers, guided by Ian Hayes the KCC Public Rights of Ways Officer, installed 45 steps on footpath KH9. This path leads from Dunn Street to Monkdown Wood and, until the steps were in place, took walkers down a very steep and slippery slope - now this route can be enjoyed by all.

12th November 2007 – Royal Engineers Help With Path Restoration

The REs began path restoration on bridlepath KH56, which links byway KH94 to White Hill.  They provided their manpower and machinery free of charge, plus over £2000 towards the cost of materials.  BWAG secured an additional £18,000 and are grateful to Gallagher Aggregates Ltd for supplying the road stone at a vastly discounted rate. The REs were on site for one month, ...

24th November 2007 – Winter Bird Walk

About 15 BWAG members, led by Owen Sweeney of the Kent Ornithological Society (KOS) toured Bredhurst Hurst and the surrounding areas. Members were also very pleased to welcome several non-BWAG member bird enthusiasts who had seen the walk advertised in the local press. It was bitterly cold and unfortunately not much bird life was spotted - nevertheless a very enjoyable ...

3rd December 2007 – Gates Installed to Deter Illegal Access

After over two years of campaigning, BWAG has succeeded in restricting access to Bredhurst Hurst. Only permit holders and landowners are now allowed to use the byway. Gates have been installed at both the Bredhurst and Detling ends of the byway, which will hopefully deter illegal access to off-road vehicles and fly tippers. Legitimate (taxed, insured and road legal) off-road ...

6th December 2007 – Carols at Green Court

For the second year running BWAG held a carol concert at Green Court. Thanks to our hosts, Jane & Stephen Page and to the Cantium Choir for another excellent performance. We were also pleased to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of Maidstone, Cllr Richard Ash and Mrs Christine Ash and thank them for officially opening the evening. Over 200 people ...