QuotesSweet flower! Of all that bloom by hill or glen Through smiling Kent, there’s none I love like thee For thour’st the truest type of true born men Hardy unbought, untamable and free...”
The Amicci, ‘The Fly Orchis’
(lines on a fly orchis found on the brow of Boxley Hills) (1836)

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Learn New Skills - our training for Winter and Spring.

Learn New Skills - our training for Winter and Spring.

Old Chalk New Downs

 

Training Workshops

Winter 2017/Spring 2018

 

 

Eco-Service Systems – Thursday 8th February. Time: 12:45 to 16:30

 

Can we put a value on the services nature gives us? In order to manage the environment as an asset, we need guidance, methods and other resources to help us in our day-to-day work. They need to work for the local community, the client, the location or the profession that we care about.
 

Natural capital refers to the elements of the natural environment which provide valuable goods and services to people. For example, a woodland can be regarded as a natural capital asset, from which flows valuable benefits, or ecosystem services, such as flood risk reduction and carbon capture.

 

Natural capital is composed of many assets, including soils, wetlands, urban greenspaces, hedgerows and so on. It is closely related to the concept of green infrastructure, which focuses on the idea that natural features should be planned and managed as networks that deliver value for people.
 

This course, run by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network, will explore the various aspects of this way of looking at our landscape. It is aimed at anyone involved in local land management or decision making.

 

Venue: Trosley Country Park, Vigo Village, Gravesend.

 

Hedgerow Survey Techniques Training Course

Monday April 30th - 10:00 - 15:00 venue tbc

 http://www.oldchalknewdowns.org.uk/blog/help-our-hedgerows

                                                                          

Pollinator Survey Techniques Part I:

Thursday May 3rd – 10:00 to 13:00

 

Our partner Buglife, teaches us all we need to know about pollinating insects and their identification, over 2 sessions. Part classroom-based, part practical.

 

Brush Cutter training 

19th & 20th May ( must attend both days) Lantra registered.

NEW DATES: December 3rd & 4th 2018 or January 28th &29th 2019

 

One of the key skills needed on a hands-on conservation workday is safe, efficient use of a brush cutter. Come and learn, while helping with the management of a key site for chalkland species.

Venue: Ryarsh

Time: 9:00 to 16:00

 

Pollinator Survey Techniques Part II:

Wednesday May 23rd – 10:00 to 13:00

 

Our partner Buglife, teaches us all we need to know about pollinating insects and their identification, over 2 sessions. Part classroom-based, part practical.

 

Venue: Trosley Country Park, Vigo Village, Gravesend.

 

Wildflower Survey Techniques

Wednesday May 30th or Wednesday July 4th– 10:00 to 15:00

 

An important part of carrying out any conservation work is being able to see if the work you have done is improving the habitat you are working on. As part of the Old Chalk New Downs Project, 23 sites which are mainly chalk grassland, are being improved and we need your help to carry out surveys over the next four years.

The aim will be to record some of the plants that we hope will start to appear on these newly restored sites. To get you up and running, we will be running training days where you can come along to learn how to recognise some of the chalk specialist flowers that we hope to find on our sites.

 

Venue: Trosley Country Park, Vigo Village, Gravesend

 

The Importance of Pollinators

 

Wednesday July 25th - 10:00 to 15:00

 

Our partner Buglife presents a fascinating insight into the world of pollinating insects. Aimed at landowners and managers, this course will help you help these endangered yet essential creatures.

 

Venue: Trosley Country Park, Vigo Village, Gravesend

 

To book on any of our courses or find out more information just email Hilary at hilary.hunter@kent.gov.uk

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