Habitat Management – Sources of practical help
For information about practical conservation tasks contact the Sevenoaks & Tonbridge Conservation Volunteers (STCV), a group of volunteers able to help with practical tasks such as hedgelaying, woodland coppicing etc.
They have their own equipment, are highly skilled and professional and also have their own insurance.
Identification – what is it?
We are often asked about things people find in their gardens or whilst out on walks. A good way of getting an identiifcation is to take a photo and upload to ispot the web site used by thousands to identify anything from the common to the not so common and sometimes the rare. The web site will also lead you to the OPAL Surveys which are running and to which you can join by contributing really useful scientific data about our environment and wildlife.
And if you want a book to take out with you then Garden Wildlife by Richard Lewington is second to none! British Wildlife Publishing also publish some of the best natural history books – the Butterflies of Britain by Thomas & Lewington is a gem to enjoy in the winter months!
Local Food & Produce
Buying meat, vegetables, fruit and other produce at Kent Farmers Markets will help both the local economy and the environment by reducing food miles. And if you are in Maidstone why not try Mrs W Kentish food shop.
Learn new skills – Courses –
Do you want to learn a new skill? Perhaps hedgelaying or how to use natural resources. Or perhaps how to garden without chemicals? The Commonwork Land Trust and The Underwoodsman run various courses aimed at the organic gardener and those wishing to make practical use of natural resources such as willow for basketry, hedge laying etc.