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August 2018

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Save the date for the first ever People's Walk for Wildlife

Save the date for the first ever People's Walk for Wildlife

Join Chris Packham and everyone who cares about wildlife on Saturday 22 September in Hyde Park, London.

With 44 million fewer birds in our skies since the 1960s and some species on the brink of extinction, it's up to all of us to create a world where all life can flourish.

Chris will be announcing more details but in the meantime please:

Pop the date in your calendar

Encourage your friends and family to come along

Help spread the word by putting up some posters in your office, local school, nature reserve, post office, library, museum, community centre etc. (see Chris' website for lots of downloadable posters)

If you would like to join a group travelling to the Walk on public transport from Bromley, please email:

Here's Chris explaining why he's organising the Walk:

"This is an exciting opportunity motivated by a desperate concern in troubling times to make a real difference.

I think we need unity, to stand together and demonstrate that if we can collectively see the bigger picture then we will find the strength to tackle the bigger problems. Because at the moment, for all our abilities, energies, passions and practices we are not stopping the rot in our countryside. And we can. We have a superb toolkit for effective conservation, it's been trialled, tested and proven to work but it's not been put into play rapidly or broadly enough.

So now, before it's too late, we have to be bold and brave, we must shout without raising our voice, we have to get up and get on with it, and we can start by turning up in London on the 22nd of September".

Chris Packham

Provisional running order:

10am: Gather - Reformers Tree, Hyde Park, London

12 noon: Infotainment

1pm: Walk

2pm: Finish - Richmond Terrace

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Free guided bat walk this Saturday

Free guided bat walk this Saturday

On Saturday 25 August join us for a free guided walk led by ecologist and international tour-guide Simon Ginnaw, first looking at Mote Park's wildlife, trees and history, before searching for bats on International Bat Night.

Meet at 6.30pm in Mote Park's main car park, Maidstone, ME15 7SU. The walk will end by 10pm.

Directions: From the M20 motorway leave junction 6 for the A229 and follow signs for Maidstone (A229). Once on the A229 follow signs to the Town Centre going across 2 roundabouts. It is best to stay in the left hand lane, as after the second roundabout the road splits into 4 lanes. Keep in the left hand lane signposted to Hastings, staying on the A229. The road moves into 2 lanes, where the road eventually turns left. LOOK-OUT for a brown signpost for Mote Park on your left and follow this. The first signpost takes you left at a crossroads and traffic signals onto the A249, taking you up a small hill where you will need to stay in the right-hand lane ready to follow the brown signposts for Mote Park, taking you right at the next traffic lights. Once here keep straight onto Mote Avenue crossing 1 small roundabout onto a tree lined road where you will see the main park entrance ahead of you as the road bends. Follow the road into the park where you will eventually see the car park (there is a £2 charge here).

The closest bus stop is only 150m from the park at 'Crompton Gardens'. The town centre bus station is only a 5-10 minute walk too.

The International Bat Night is an awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for bat conservation and their habitats. Bat populations are one of the best natural indicators of the health of our environment. This is because bats flourish where an ecosystem is healthy and stable.

Every year on the last full weekend of August, bat enthusiasts organise events such as bat walks, workshops and seminars, and exhibitions. International Bat Night is organised under the Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats (EUROBATS). The UK's Bat Conservation Trust organises and promotes walks in the UK.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Your chance to meet Chris Packham

Your chance to meet Chris Packham

Birdfair is the event of the year if you're into birds and wildlife.

This summer you can visit by joining our coach trip from Bromley.

The coach departs at 8am on Saturday 18 August from Hawthorne Road (BR1 2HH), near Bickley train station. The trip costs £20 for adults or £10 for persons aged 15 or under, plus admission to Birdfair.

To book your place on our coach trip email or call 07392 790 719.

A fantastic line-up of speakers awaits us on Saturday 18 August:

BBC star Chris Packham will be appearing at two events, talking about the latest in wildlife conservation and also presenting the Bird Photographer of the Year Awards.

Blue Planet and Planet Earth cameraman and top BBC presenter Simon King will be giving an illustrated talk on the state of our planet over the past 30 years.

BBC Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams will be talking about his career in wildlife.

Wildlife author and Guardian columnist Stephen Moss will be chairing a Bird Brain of Britain Quiz.

The One Show's wildlife reporter Mike Dilger and wildlife gardening expert Kate Bradbury will be talking about the wildlife in your garden and giving you top tips.

Mark Cawardine, the co-presenter of the BBC's Last Chance to See (along with Douglas Adams and Stephen Fry) will be chatting about some of the weirdest and most mind-boggling animals on the planet.

One of our finest nature writers and broadcasters Mark Cocker will be discussing his latest book. Mark is one of the presenters of BBC Radio 4's Tweet of the Day, writes a regular column in the Guardian and is an acclaimed author.

The superb wildlife artist Carry Ackroyd will be talking about and exhibiting her work.

That is only a brief selection of some of the events on offer and there's also plenty of entertainment for younger visitors and all the family in the Wild Zone.

As well as events, there will also be hundreds of stands selling everything a wildlife-enthusiast could need, with knowledgeable staff on hand to provide advice. Top wildlife artists and photographers will be displaying their work. If you fancy a spot of birdwatching, there are also hides close by where you can view Rutland Water's huge variety of species.

To book your place on our coach trip on Saturday 18 August email or call 07392 790 719.

For more information about Birdfair visit: