Spring 2012 – Installation of Waymarkers, Fingerposts & BWAG Notice Board

Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery, BWAG installed 35 numbered waymarkers and fingerposts throughout the woods and a BWAG notice board at the Bredhurst entrance to the byway (KH94).  The numbers on the waymarkers/fingerposts relate to a map of the area in the newly published series of leaflets 'Discover Bredhurst Woods'.  Leaflets can be found in a dispenser on ...

April 2012 – Hadlow College Help BWAG

Forestry and Arboriculture students from Hadlow College donated their time and practical expertise by conducting tree safety surveys in Bredhurst Woods.  They carried out maintenance work including pruning branches and felling trees where necessary. These exercises helped re-enforce classroom based work with real-life scenarios and gave the students the opportunity to put their practical knowledge, including their newly acquired chainsaw ...

21st & 22nd April 2012 – Bluebells & Cream Tea Weekend

This year BWAG held bluebell walks through Bredhurst Woods over two days.  Although the weather was good on the Saturday, the weather on Sunday was fairly windy and wet.  Despite this, around 100 people attended the event and we raised £550.

4th May 2012 – BWAG AGM

The meeting was well attended by 10 trustees, 41 members and 1 guest.  Deana Foulds and Pam Newman, the current Vice-Chairman, both retired as trustees and did not seek re-election. As two of the original six residents who formed BWAG in 2005, their help, knowledge of environmental issues and support over the years has been invaluable.  They will both be ...

13th May 2012 – Discover Your Ancient Woodland

Over 20 people attended the training course run by BWAG, led by Neil Coombs, Kent Wildlife Trust and funded by the Big Lottery.  Topics covered included the history of Britain's woodlands,the special plants and animals that can be found and features that determine whether woodland is 'ancient' or not.  Also covered were the general principles of wildlife-friendly management such as coppicing, ...

June & July 2012 – The Great Orchid Count

Two days of orchid surveying, approximately 4 weeks apart, were undertaken by Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre and BWAG volunteers to ascertain the number of orchids at the site. Surveying over two seperate dates enabled counting of various species of orchids which flower at different times. The initial count took place on 8th June 2012, when species such as ...

22nd July 2012 – Discovering Chalk Grassland

There was a good turn out for the chalk grassland workshop, organised by BWAG and led by Neil Coombs. The event was funded by the Big Lottery. Neil explained about the wildlife that can be found in this habitat, why it is so special and the general principles of grassland management.

28th July 2012 – Tree Identification Walk

The course was fully booked with nearly 30 people attending. Led by Mike Phillips of the Mid Kent Downs Project, the day was very informative and interesting. In Day Valley, Mike had collected several bags of leaves and twigs from different species and the first task was to identify as many as we could. This was followed by a walk ...

July 2012 – Bird Survey Completed

A bird survey of Bredhurst Woods has been completed.  Carried out by BWAG member, Owen Sweeney and assisted by Larry Brooks, BWAG trustee, who visited the woods up to six times a month from March to July 2012.  They recorded 56 different bird species which is a healthy and encouraging count for the area.  Some of the highlights included Wheater, …

July 2012 – Funding for Land Purchase

BWAG are very grateful to the Whitehead Monckton Charitable Foundation for the award of £2,500.  This will be used towards the cost of the first two plots of land which the current owners have generously offered to BWAG.  It is hoped these plots will be the first of many further acquisitions – the ultimate aim of BWAG is to secure the …

Summer 2012 – Weekly Bat Surveys

Every Thursday evening throughout the summer months, BWAG Trustee, Steve Wright, led BWAG members on weekly Bat surveys. Surveys have been carried out regularly since 2009 and have established that there are large numbers of Pipistrelle Bats as well as Noctule and Serotine in and around Bredhurst Woods.

September 2012 – Carnegie UK Trust and BWAG

"Pride in Place: Tackling Incivilities" was the focus of a Carnegie UK Trust's report on how groups like BWAG engage and improve their local communities. BWAG was one of eight selected charities from across the UK and featured in a document which summarised BWAG's achievements. Please click here to view the BWAG report and here for the full report.

October 2012 – Arrival of KWT Sheep

Once again, Kent Wildlife Trust have lent BWAG their sheep to munch the scrub on a field which BWAG is trying to revert back to chalk grassland. Sheep grazing is vital for the success of the management of the site. This year we have Herdwick Sheep (the light ones) and Hebridean (the dark ones). For more information about these breeds, ...

November 2012 – Launch of BWAG 2013 Calendar

For the 2nd year running, BWAG has produced a calendar depicting woodland scenes and the surrounding area. All proceeds are used for the maintenance and conservation of Bredhurst Woods. For details and to place an order, please contact BWAG trustee Jim Chalmers on 07870 878907.

6th December 2012 – Christmas Carols & Mulled Wine

Thank you to everyone who attended the BWAG Carol Concert and especially to The Cantium Singers who gave another excellent performance. We were glad to welcome the Huskies from Staggen Kennels which, as always, were very popular and Sarah Jayne's Sweet Treats stall which nearly sold out. The hand crafted dolls on sale, kindly donated by a BWAG member, sold ...