17th February 2009 – Bats on the Downs

BWAG members attended ‘Bats on the Downs’ a presentation given by the Medway Valley Countryside Partnership at Bredhurst Village Hall. MVCP gave details of forthcoming survey work and announced that Bredhurst is to be one of 13 site chosen across the region where detailed surveys will take place. There will plenty of opportunities for BWAG members to get involved. Details ...

5th April 2009 – Scrub Clearance Volunteer Day

The scrub clearance area saw many BWAG members turn up to help with further hand clearance of some of the smaller items of vegetation. This work is necessary to restore the area back to chalk grassland. The initial clearance work, undertaken last year, has already proved beneficial as the site this spring was full of primrose.

20th April 2009 – Sappers Help BWAG Again

20 Field Squadron of Maidstone-based 36 Engineer Regiment have restored another path for BWAG. It's the third time recently that the REs have supplied labour and machinery to bring the paths in Bredhurst Woods up to standard. BWAG secured funding for materials, supplied by Gallaghers at a third of normal price. About 500m of woodcutters' track has been reinstated and ...

25th April 2009 – Bluebells & Cream Tea

This year 81 guests (double the number of last year!) went on the Bluebell Walk through Bredhurst Woods. This was followed by a Cream Tea at Arran Bank Farm, thanks to our hosts Pam & Dennis Newman. It seems to be an exceptional year for Bluebells with the woodland floor completely covered with flowers. Also, many new patches of Orchids ...

29th April 2009 – BWAG AGM

This year’s AGM was attended by 25 members and 3 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. Robin Grimble, Wendy Hinder and Rob Attwood were unopposed and unanimously re-elected by members. It was announced (after many months of form filling!) that ...

10th May 2009 – Early Morning Bird Walk

Around 20 members joined the walk, led by Owen Sweeney. It was a lovely sunny morning, perfect for the birds and walkers. For a list of sightings, provided by Tony Witts, please click here. The group also observed Fly Orchids, Early Purple Orchids and Lady Orchids.

12th July 2009 – Butterfly & Nature Walk

Members joined Fred O’Hare for a tour of Bredhurst Woods and the surrounding chalk grassland identifying butterflies, plants and wildlife. A good discovery was Ground Pine found in the scrub clearance area, a plant which is classified a ‘rare to decreasing’ in SE England. For a list of sightings, provided by Issy Whatrup and Fred O’Hare, please click here.

14th August 2009 – Moth Night

An interesting evening of moth trappings led by David Gardner, Chairman of the Kent Butterfly Conservation Group, Ian Ferguson, County Recorder for Moths and Tony Witts from the Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre was attended by about 25 BWAG Members. It was fascinating to see the woodland lit at various locations attracting moths and other creatures. From 4 traps, ...

29th September 2009 – Ponies Help Restoration of Woods

Today saw the arrival of 2 Exmoor Ponies - Merlin & Elfin on loan to BWAG from Kent Wildlife Trust. They will be with us for a couple of months and will take over the grazing of land where we previously had sheep. KWT hope that they will be tempted by the tougher vegetation which the sheep did not eat!

3rd December 2009 – Carols at Green Court

The annual BWAG carol concert was held on Thursday 3rd December and was well attended. The evening began at St Peter’s Church where the 60 strong Cantium Singers from Rochester put on a superb concert. This was followed by mulled wine and mince pies at Green Court. Thanks to Staggan Kennels for attending with their beautiful team of huskies which ...