14th – 16th January 2010 – Kent Mammal Group – Small Mammal Survey

Despite deep snow and freezing temperatures the small mammal survey went ahead as planned. It was led by Dan Bennett of the KMG who informed helpers that the bad weather may actually encourage more mammals to seek refuge in the traps. 50 traps were set on the first day and were monitored twice the following day. On the last day, ...

21st February 2010 – 1st Regular Task Day

A task day was held on 21st February and, despite pouring rain, 8 hardy souls created a small glade within the wood. This will allow more light and offer a varied habitat benefiting both wildlife and ground flora. Thanks to Mike Philips, Mid Kent Downs Partnership, who led the event. Following requests by members, regular task days are now scheduled ...

11th April 2010 – Bredhurst in Focus

BWAG held its first photography event on 11 April. ‘Bredhurst in Focus’, a photo competition, workshop and exhibition of 'Bygone Bredhurst' with village photos from the 1900s onwards. It was well attended with approximately 250 visitors to the show. The photo competition had 6 categories - Street Scenes, People & Pets, Nature, Wildlife, Scenic and Village Events. There were 178 ...

25th April 2010 – Bluebell Walk & Cream Tea

Although the bluebells were a little late coming out this year, thankfully enough were in flower for our annual event, which was attended this year by 102 adults and several children. Two guided walks took slightly different routes through Bredhurst Woods, followed by a Cream Tea at Arran Bank Farm. Thanks to our hosts Pam & Dennis Newman and to ...

28th April 2010 – BWAG AGM

30 people attended this year’s AGM, 28 members and 2 non-members. In accordance with the BWAG Constitution, three of ten Trustees were required to stand down but were eligible to put their names forward for re-election. David Olver, Deana Foulds and Ann Callen were unopposed and unanimously re-elected by members. In addition, Robin Grimble stood down as a trustee as ...

9th May 2010 – BWAG Bird Walk

A spring bird walk was held on 9 May, led by Owen Sweeney of the Kent Ornithological Society (KOS). Owen, who regularly leads bird walks for BWAG, gave an interesting tour of the woods pointing out birds, plants and other wildlife.

19th June 2010 – Rare Butterfly in Bredhurst

Viewers of BBC Springwatch may have seen the recent programme from the South Downs explaining that chalk grassland is a habitat as rare and as threatened as tropical rain forests. We are fortunate that Bredhurst Woods is surrounded by superb chalk grassland which is extremely rich in plant and wildlife. A variety of orchids including Bee, Lady, Fragrant, Pyramidal, Greater ...

22nd June 2010 – HSBC Help BWAG

As part of ‘HSBC in the Community’, Branch & Area Managers from across Kent came to Bredhurst Woods to help BWAG. They worked tirelessly all day and helped install two horse gates, erect fencing, and did some scrub clearance. Their efforts saved BWAG in the region of £1,000 and in return they got a day in the countryside and plenty ...

28th June 2010 – BWAG Awarded £1000

We are pleased to announce that BWAG has been awarded £1000 by Kent Community Foundation, Grassroots Grants towards the purchase of tools needed for our monthly volunteer task days. In addition to the new tools which we can now purchase, BWAG would be glad to accept any unwanted tools you no longer need, even if they are old and rusty ...

4th July 2010 – Nature Ramble & Picnic at Green Court

Fred O’Hare led 45 guests on a very informative and enjoyable tour of Bredhurst Woods and the surrounding chalk grassland identifying butterflies, plants and wildlife. This was followed by lunch in the grounds of Green Court.

July 2010 – Funding Awarded to BWAG

KCC’s Countryside Partnership Small Grants Scheme has provided funding towards the further restoration of Bredhurst Woods.  The total project cost is £6,000 and includes essential tree maintenance work to cut back dangerous and overhanging branches; updating the Bredhurst Woods Management Plan which will identify action needed over the next five years and further coppicing, necessary to rejuvenate the site and to ...

8th August 2010 – Abbotts Court Horse Show

BWAG had a stand at the Abbotts Court Horse Show to promote the work of the group and forthcoming BWAG events.  We also displayed a number of tools which have been donated following our recent appeal asking for old, unwanted items.  Rusty and broken tools have been restored to new and will be used on our monthly task days.

18th August 2010 – Tree Surgeons at Work

Further to the award of funding by KCC, tree maintenance work has been carried out. Where BWAG has landowner consent, dead, diseased and dangerous trees and/or branches have been removed if they were overhanging or adjacent to paths.

24th August 2010 – Bats on the Downs – French Experts Visit UK

Weekly bat surveys, started earlier in the year, have been conducted by BWAG and other groups across the North Downs as part of the ‘Bats on the Downs’ project.  The project, organised by Medway Valley Countryside Partnership and the Kent Bat Group, is examining data collected from the North Downs and partner groups in France.  The project culminated in an exchange visit with colleagues ...

10th September 2010 – Councillors Walk the Woods

A visit from various Parish and Maidstone Borough Councillors was organised by the Mid Kent Downs Project (MKDP).  A tour of Bredhurst Woods highlighted the work undertaken by BWAG, assisted by the MKDP, Kent Wildlife Trust and other organisations.  The walk was followed by lunch at Arran Bank Farm, courtesy of Pam & Dennis Newman.

5th September 2010 – Reptile Walk

Mike Phillips, Kent Reptile & Amphibian Group (KRAG), led walkers on a tour of Bredhurst Woods.  Earlier in the year Mike assisted BWAG to set up a reptile monitoring scheme and walkers were taken to examine sites where reptiles are now known to live. Species identified included adders, slow-worms and lizards.  The highlight of the day was finding a black adder basking in ...

2nd October 2010 – Unveiling of Information Boards

Representatives from Bredhurst WI officially unveiled information boards for which they kindly contributed £500.  The balance of the funding was provided by the Mid Kent Downs Countryside Partnership Fund.  The boards are located at Day Valley and on the approach to Strawberry Banks.

3rd October 2010 – Sponsored Horse Ride

Despite torrential rain, 53 riders took part in the BWAG Sponsored Horse Ride raising over £1,100.  The course, approximately a 10 mile circuit, took participants over private land to which they would not normally have access.  Thanks to Deana Foulds for organising the event, landowners, riders and marshals.  Money raised will go towards more path restoration in Bredhurst Woods.

November 2010 – Fallen Giant

Sadly, a huge majestic beech tree came down in the high winds at the beginning of November near the Woodcutters Path, heading towards Strawberry Banks. The tree had been weakened by an invasive fungus - Ganoderma.

9th December 2010 – Christmas Carol Concert

Following heavy snowfall, this year’s concert was postponed from the 2nd to the 9th December. Despite a lot of snow still on the ground, we had a record attendance of 169 guests and record takings of £1,564, an increase of £606 on last year’s takings. All proceeds will go towards further restoration of Bredhurst Woods. BWAG Trustees are extremely grateful ...