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White Cliffs Countryside Project Diary - March 2009

Contributed by editor on Feb 25, 2009 - 12:00 AM








This
is a great opportunity for local landowners and any other interested
people to come along and learn all about this ancient hedgerow
management technique in Hawkinge. More details and all this month's event are listed
below.....


 












HEdGe- Hawkinge Environment
Group




We are a team of volunteers who are interested in the
countryside around Hawkinge and work on a variety of
projects from woodland management to improving footpath
access. And we are always looking for new members to
join our happy band of volunteers. If you are interested
you can find our details below



Contact

Steve Walker

Project Officer for Hawkinge

White Cliffs Countryside Project

Cherry Garden Upper Works

Castle Hill

Folkestone CT19 4AJ



Telephone 01303 274806




Email:

swalker@whitecliffscountryside.org.uk


EVENTS


Thursdays (On Going) 10.00am
for 10.15 Hawkinge Health Walks




A forty minute walk around Hawkinge. Meet at Hawkinge
Community Centre, Heron Forstal Avenue, HAWKINGE, CT18
7BP For more details ring 01303 894857



 



MARCH 2009 DIARY



Sunday 1st March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: HELPING THE HOE




There is always plenty to do at the Hoe which could include path
clearing, electric fence work and erosion control. Come along and
help at this wonderful site. For more information phone Paul on
01304 225649. MEET: 10.15am at the Site Management Office, Samphire
Hoe, Dover (sign posted off the A20 when driving from Dover to
Folkestone) (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a
parking permit from the office.





Sunday 1st March 2.00pm



GREEN ROUTE TO FOLKESTONE DOWNS




An afternoon walk along the green route from Hawkinge to Folkestone
Downs, to hear about the wildlife and history of the countryside of
the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Donation appreciated.
LEADER: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Project (01304 225649
/ 07899 758748). DISTANCE: 5 miles (2.5 hours). GRADE: 3





Tuesday 3rd March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: SCRUB/RIDE CREATION, WESTERN HEIGHTS




We are clearing scrub from along footpaths for the benefit of
wildlife as well as walkers on this dramatic Local Nature Reserve.
MEET: 10.15am St Martin’s Battery, South Military Hill, Western
Heights, Dover (TR 314 407).





Wednesday 4th March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: HEDGELAYING AND WOODLAND CRAFTS, CRETE
ROAD WEST, HAWKINGE




This is a great opportunity for local landowners and any other
interested people to come along and learn all about this ancient
hedgerow management technique. Veteran hedgelayer Allen Rogers will
be teaching us about pleachers, withies and bindings using tools
such as billhooks and slashers. This is a joint project run between
HEdGe (Hawkinge Environment Group) and White Cliffs Countryside
Project. MEET: 10.30am at the start of Crete Road West, Folkestone (TR
221 384).





Wednesday 4th March 1.00pm



HEDGELAYING FOR BEGINNERS



Drop by at lunchtime to meet the hedgelaying gang and learn about
the traditional country skill, with the chance to have a go at
hedgelaying. LEADER: Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Project
(07899 758748) MEET: Junction of Crete Road West with Canterbury
Hill (A260), Hawkinge, near Folkestone (TR 222 384). DURATION: 30
minutes.





Thursday 5th March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: SCRUB CLEARING AROUND SEASONAL PONDS,
ROMNEY WARREN COUNTRY PARK



We will be working on the seasonal ponds behind the Visitor Centre
to increase the botanical interest and habitat for invertebrates,
great crested newts and the medicinal leeches as well! MEET: 10.45am
at New Romney Warren car park, off the St Mary’s Bay to New Romney
road (A259) (TR 078 261). Please bring wellies.





Thursday 5th March 7.30pm



ILLUSTRATED TALK: DRAGONFLIES OF BRITAIN




An illustrated talk on the identification, distribution and life
histories of these amazing insects by John and Gill Brook. CHARGE:
£4 for non members (to include refreshments). Organised by Sandwich
Bay Bird Observatory Trust (01304 617341 or www.sbbot.co.uk). MEET:
Sandwich Bay Observatory Field Centre, Guilford Road, Sandwich (TR
354 574). DURATION: 2 hours. NO DOGS.





Saturday 7th March 2.00pm



ASH TO MARSHBOROUGH




A walk from Ash to Marshborough passing through the field where the
Ringlemere gold cup was found. Children over 7 welcome. Donation
appreciated. LEADER: Bernadette of Collyer’s Companions (01304
241806). MEET: Village hall car park, Queen’s Road, Ash (TR 288
584). DISTANCE: 5.25 miles (3 hours). GRADE: 2/3.





Sunday 8th March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: FOOTPATH CREATION & SCRUB CLEARANCE,
DOLL’S HOUSE HILL, FOLKESTONE



We will be working to complete the creation of a new footpath from
the bottom to the top of Doll’s House Hill, with magnificent views
over Folkestone. MEET: 10.15am at the small layby along Danton Lane,
Peene, Newington, near Folkestone (TR 192 381).







Sunday 8th March 2.00pm



GRAVE WORDS




A slow walk around Charlton Cemetery stopping to talk about some of
the famous, courageous and downright curious people buried there.
Donation appreciated. LEADER: Paul Wells and Jeff Howe for White
Cliffs Countryside Project (01304 241806). MEET: At the entrance to
Charlton Cemetery, Old Charlton Road, Dover (TR 315 305). DISTANCE:
1 mile (2 hours). GRADE: 2. NO DOGS.





Tuesday 10th March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: SCRUB CLEARANCE & FOOTPATH IMPROVEMENT,
HIGH MEADOW, DOVER



We will be cutting scrub to reclaim the grassland on Dover’s newest
Local Nature Reserve and making the footpaths better for everyone to
use. MEET: 10.15am at the top of Noah’s Ark Road, opposite the Boys
Grammar school (TR 303 417).





Wednesday 11th March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: HELPING THE HOE, SAMPHIRE HOE



There is always plenty to do at the Hoe which could include path
clearing, electric fence work and erosion control. Come along and
help at this wonderful site. For more information phone Paul on
01304 225649. MEET: 10.15am at the Site Management Office, Samphire
Hoe, Dover (sign posted off the A20 when driving from Dover to
Folkestone) (TR 294 391). Park in the back car park and collect a
parking permit from the office.





Thursday 12th March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: SCRUB CLEARANCE, GIBBIN’S BROOK,
SELLINDGE



We shall be building on the excellent work done last year, clearing
invading birch and willow from this wonderful wildlife site, one of
only three acid wetlands in Kent. MEET: 10.20am at the pond along
Brook Lane, Gibbin’s Brook, Sellindge (TR 116 387). Please bring
wellies.





Saturday 14th March 1.45pm



DISCOVER MOREHALL & BROADMEAD




A stroll to discover the history of the Morehall and Cheriton Garden
areas of Folkestone. CHARGE: £2 per adult. LEADER: Maureen Criddle
for White Cliffs Countryside Project (01303 275318). MEET: Corner of
Cheriton Road and Ilex Road, Cheriton. DISTANCE: 1.5 miles (2
hours). GRADE: 1.





Saturday 14th March 2.00pm



NORTHBOURNE TO MONGEHAM WANDER



Starting at Northbourne church walking through the village before
setting off across the fields to Mongeham returning via Little
Mongeham. Please wear stout footwear. Children over 7 welcome.
Donation appreciated. LEADER: Diane of Collyer’s Companions (01304
241806). MEET: The Drove (behind Northbourne church) (TR 332 522).
DISTANCE: 4 miles (2 hours). GRADE: 3.





Sunday 15th March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: SCRUB CLEARING AROUND SEASONAL PONDS,
ROMNEY WARREN COUNTRY PARK



We will be working on the seasonal ponds behind the Visitor Centre
to increase the botanical interest and habitat for invertebrates,
great crested newts and the medicinal leeches as well! MEET: 10.45am
at New Romney Warren car park, off the St Mary’s Bay to New Romney
road (A259) (TR 078 261). Please bring wellies.





Sunday 15th March 2.00pm



CYCLE RIDE: MAD AS MARCH HARES BIKE RIDE




The title is only to encourage the brave and hardy cyclists out on
this gentle and flat bike ride in a small loop around the Romney
Marsh. The first of the year, but the challenge is to see some hares
and any other wildlife as spring is upon us. Don’t dust down your
bikes at lunchtime before the ride after a winter break, give
yourself plenty of time to prepare yourself and the bike. Donation
appreciated. LEADER: Owen Leyshon, Romney Marsh Countryside Project
(01797 367934 or 07770 670316) mail@rmcp.co.uk MEET: West Street car
park, New Romney (opposite the Cinque Port Arms pub). DISTANCE: 12
miles (2.5 hours – weather dependant!).





Tuesday 17th March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: SCRUB CLEARANCE & RIDE CREATION, WESTERN
HEIGHTS




We are clearing scrub from along footpaths for the benefit of
wildlife as well as walkers on this dramatic Local Nature Reserve.
MEET: 10.15am St Martin’s Battery, South Military Hill, Western
Heights, Dover (TR 314 407).





Wednesday 18th March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: MEADOW CUT & RAKING, CHERRY GARDEN,
FOLKESTONE




The annual spring management of the meadow at our Folkestone office.
One of the few flat sites we work on! MEET: 10.15am at the bottom of
Castle Hill, off M20 junction 13, Folkestone (TR 210 377). Then
driving up to our office by the reservoirs.





Thursday 19th March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: SCRUB CLEARING, SOUTH FORELAND VALLEY,
ST MARGARET’S-AT-CLIFFE




Join with local residents to help cut invading scrub from the oasis
of chalk grassland at the South Foreland Valley close to the white
cliffs of the South Foreland. MEET: 10.15am Pines Gardens, St
Margaret’s-at-Cliffe, 10.20am water trough, Goodwin Road, St
Margaret’s-at-Cliffe (TR 362 438).





Saturday 21st March 2.00pm



NONINGTON WALK




Via parkland and tracks and pasture and views over Goodnestone Park
returning by the church and old buildings in the centre of the
village. Children over 7 welcome. Donation appreciated. LEADER:
Julia of Collyer’s Companions (01304 241806). MEET: Opposite the
Royal Oak pub, Holt Street, Nonington (TR 259 520). DISTANCE: 3.5
miles (2 hours). GRADE: 3. Dogs on leads.





Sunday 22nd March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: MEADOW CUT & RAKING, CHERRY GARDEN,
FOLKESTONE



Continuing on from Wednesday’s task, helping to improve the quality
of our meadow for the wildlife. MEET: 10.15am at the bottom of
Castle Hill, off M20 junction 13, Folkestone (TR 210 377). Then
driving up to our office by the reservoirs.





Sunday 22nd March 11.00am



BIRDWATCHING FOR BEGINNERS GUIDED WALK (Please book)



A guided walk especially aimed at those new to birdwatching. Booking
essential. CHARGE: £5 for adults, £4 for concessions and £2 for
children. There is a 50% discount on events for RSPB and Wildlife
Explorer members. LEADER: RSPB (01797 320588). MEET: RSPB Visitor
Centre, Dungeness Nature Reserve, Dungeness Road, Lydd. DISTANCE: 2
miles (2 hours). GRADE: 2. NO DOGS.





Sunday 22nd March 2.00pm



MARL-VELLOUS MOTHER DAY SAMPHIRE HOE



Bring your mothers on a walk around the Hoe and discover what
happened to all the chalk marl that was dug to create the Channel
Tunnel. Then treat them to a delicious hot chocolate or ice cream
depending on the weather. Donations appreciated. LEADER: Paul Holt
(Steve Walker, White Cliffs Countryside Project (01304 225649).
MEET: Site management office, Samphire Hoe (pay and display
parking). The Hoe is sign posted off the A20 from Dover to
Folkestone (TR294 391). DISTANCE: 1.5 miles (1.5 hours). GRADE: 2






Tuesday 24th March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: MEADOW MANAGEMENT, HIGH MEADOW, DOVER




We will make a start at managing The Big Flower and the surrounding
area for wildlife including making sure all the footpaths are open
and in good order. MEET: 10.15am at the High Meadow flats, junction
of Widred Road and Edred Road, Dover (TR 312 410).





Thursday 26th March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: PATH CLEARING & REPAIRS, FOLKESTONE
WARREN




Cutting back the vegetation along the footpath down to the beach at
the East Cliff and any step repairs needed after the winter weather.
MEET: 9.30am Dover, 10.00am Folkestone, 10.05am Wood Avenue or
10.15am at the Pavilion car park, Wear Bay Road, Folkestone (TR 239
365). Then driving behind the bowls / tennis courts. Wellies may be
advisable.





Friday 27th March 7.30pm



ILLUSTRATED TALK: THE MAKING OF SAMPHIRE HOE



An illustrated talk by Bryn Green, Kent Wildlife Trust Vice
President, who tells the story behind the vegetation at Samphire
Hoe. Organised by the Folkestone, Hythe and Dover Local Group of
Kent Wildlife Trust. Non-members welcome. CHARGE: £2 (to include tea
and biscuits). Further information from Pauline Bateson, KWT (01304
853503). MEET: Age Concern Hall, Sanford House, Stade Street, Hythe.






Saturday 28th March 2.00pm



ALKHAM VALLEY VIEWS



Quite a steep climb to start with but worth the effort for the
stunning views and woodland through the Alkham Valley. Please wear
stout footwear. Children over 7 welcome. Donation appreciated.
LEADER: Diane of Collyer’s Companions (01304 241806). MEET: Alkham
village green car park (TR 255 424). DISTANCE: 4 miles (2.5 hours).
GRADE: 4. Dogs on leads.





Sunday 29th March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: STEPS AND FOOTPATHS, WHINLESS DOWN,
DOVER




We will be clearing scrub along the footpaths across Whinless Down
to benefit wildlife and people enjoying the walks and views from
this Local Nature Reserve. MEET: 10.20am at the car park, Elms Vale
Recreation Ground, Elms Vale Road, Dover (TR 298 414).





Sunday 29th March 2.00pm



SPRING ONTO THE DOWNS



A walk over the Folkestone Downs, in search of early signs of
Spring. Donation appreciated. LEADER: Philip Green, White Cliffs
Countryside Project (01304 241806). MEET: At the start of Crete Road
West (off Canterbury Road, A260), Folkestone (TR 221 384). DISTANCE:
3 miles (3 hours). GRADE: 4.





Tuesday 31st March



CARING FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE: STEP REPAIRS & FOOTPATHS, WESTERN
HEIGHTS




We will be repairing steps and clearing footpaths to benefit
wildlife and people on the Western Heights Local Nature Reserve with
magnificent views over Dover. MEET: 10.15am St Martin’s Battery,
South Military Hill, Western Heights, Dover (TR 314 407).