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Lonely volunteer day
Written by Mike Phillips   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:43

Ruth spent the October volunteer day alone, but managed to dig out some large rocks at the entrance to Bull Heath, fill in some of the holes and then cover the area in some wood chip that Colin had left on site a few months before. Hopefully this will make it easier to get in and out of Bull Heath.

 
Heaths Countryside Corridor Volunteers
Written by Mike Phillips   
Monday, 03 March 2014 15:20

The Heaths Countryside Corridor Volunteers have been hard at it all winter and completed their seventh and final task of the season on Saturday March 1st. Tasks have taken place at Chilston Ponds and Hurst Wood and have included pond clearance, fence repairs, weeding of newly planted trees, reptile habitat creation, scrub clearance, coppicing and glade and ride creation.

Glade Creation

The work forms an important part of the management of the HCC sites and allows habitat management to take place in areas where it previously hadn't been possible. The fine tuning of the ecological niches created is only possible due to the huge effort and dedication of this team of volunteers.

Although the tasks have finished for the winter more events will be programmed for the rest of the year. If you'd be interested in finding out more or taking part we'd love to hear from you. For more details please contact Mike Phillips at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pond Clearance

 
Wild Sites Exhibition 19-25 February
Written by Ruth Lovering   
Sunday, 16 February 2014 11:15

HCC took part in a Wild scape event on Sunday May 5th 2013. This involved a 4-mile walk along our corridor and then contributing to the 'Countryside Snapshot', a synchronised photograph that took place, at 3pm, across Kent, designed to capture a combination of views of the Stour Valley landscape. Visit this website to see if you can spot the HCC event contributed photos. In addition, Wild scape held a photography workshop at Bull Heath last summer which was well attended by a variety of age groups.

Furthermore, an exhibition of photographs, paintings, drawings and words produced by people who have taken part in the Wild Sites project will be open in Whitstable, 19th-25th February. This exhibition will represent a range of species groups, habitats and sites – a snapshot of the natural history of the Stour Valley in the 21st century.

 
Forest School at Bull Heath
Written by Karen Little   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 09:51
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Making Space for Reptiles
Written by Mike Phillips   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 08:19

Volunteers got the opportunity to work at one of the least visited parts of Heaths Countryside Corridor's land as they cleared scrub from the south facing bank that forms the southernmost boundary of Hurst Wood where it abuts High Speed 1. Survey work over the last three summers has revealed that this area accommodates an excellent population of slow-worms and viviparous lizards as well as grass snakes. However, this south facing area with its complex vegetation structure, much loved by reptiles, is becoming scrubbed over by small trees resulting in a loss of basking areas.

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On a beautiful autumn morning, HCC volunteers cleared some of these trees to help maintain the grassy bank. Areas of low growing scrub were left to offer cover from predators and the vegetation that was removed was left as habitat piles which will decompose providing basking areas, shelter and a source of food. As can be seen from the foreground of the photo, ash saplings were left in place. Ash die back (Chalara fraxinea) is present in Hurst Wood and the rationale for leaving the ash trees is that if they die they will cast no shade anyway but if they show signs of resistance to the disease they could be used to help repopulate Kent with healthy ash trees.

A big thank you to those who helped out on the day and don't forget that the last chance to get active and help out HCC will be on Saturday, December 7th when we will be coppicing in Hurst Wood. This family friendly event will involve cutting some glades into the translocated woodland as well as coppicing hazel in the ancient woodland. Festive cheer will be provided in the form of baked potatoes and sausages on the fire as well as mince pies. Not to be missed. Please contact Mike Phillips at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01303 815170 for more details.

 
Waders for Wildlife
Written by Mike Phillips   
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 07:17

Volunteers donned waders on Saturday and took the plunge at the ice pond at Chilston. About 10 years ago the pond was dredged but vegetation is now beginning to build up again. The aim of the day was to remove some of the vegetation in the pond based on the 'little but often' approach to management. This slows down the succession of vegetation without doing anything too drastic which can cause great disturbance to the animals in the pond. Some of the willows on the island were also coppiced to create a more diverse habitat and also to provide a clear view of the ice house from the entrance of the park. A massive thanks to the volunteers who turned up to help out. We will be holding another task next month on Saturday 2nd November - this time at Hurst Wood in Charing Heath. A good time guaranteed but maybe not quite so muddy! We will meet at 10am and carry on until 2pm with teas, coffees and lunch provided. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details.

Volunteers getting stuck in

 
Volunteer Tasks
Written by Mike Phillips   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:47

Volunteer Task Day

15 September 2013

Venue: Bredhurst Wood

Time: 10am-2pm

Cost: Free

If you enjoy using Bredhurst Woods, please consider giving a few hours to help maintain and restore the site. Jobs vary throughout the year and may include light coppicing, ground clearance, fencing and litter picking. Please bring gloves and wear suitable clothing. Lunch and refreshments provided. Meet at Hurstwood Rd, Bredhurst.

For details please call Steve Wright on 07801 386264 or Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Pond Clearance

05 October 2013

Venue: Chilston Ponds, Lenham Heath

Time: 10am - 2pm

Cost: Free

Join the Heaths Countryside Corridor, a local charity for a little bit of pond maintenance.  Based on the management principle of little but often we will be clearing a small percentage of the vegetation from the pond to maintain the balance of plants and open water.  It is sure to be an interesting day but there will be plenty of other things for people to do if they don't want to risk getting wet!

We will meet here: http://goo.gl/maps/80lfG

Food and drinks will be provided and all are welcome.

For more information contact us on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone us on 01303 815170.

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Boxley Warren Action Day

13 October 2013

Venue: Boxley Warren

Time: 10am-2pm

Cost: Free

A monthly event (usually the 2nd Sunday of the month) organised by the Friends of Boxley Warren. Tasks will include glade creation, access management, protecting planted trees etc.

All tools will be provided as will refreshments but do wear sturdy shoes and clothes suitable for the weather. We will meet on the Old Chatham Rd
Link to map: http://goo.gl/maps/1HJDz
For more information contact:

Mike at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 01303 815170

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Steve at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 07801 386264

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Volunteer Task Day

20 October 2013

Venue: Bredhurst Wood

Time: 10am-2pm

Cost: Free

If you enjoy using Bredhurst Woods, please consider giving a few hours to help maintain and restore the site. Jobs vary throughout the year and may include light coppicing, ground clearance, fencing and litter picking. Please bring gloves and wear suitable clothing. Lunch and refreshments provided. Meet at Hurstwood Rd, Bredhurst.

For details please call Steve Wright on 07801 386264 or Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Reptile Habitat Creation

02 November 2013

Venue: Hurst Wood, Charing Heath

Time: 10am - 2pm

Cost: Free

Join local charity Heaths Countryside Corridor as they help to maintain a south facing slope of rough grassland that is idea for basking reptiles.  We will be removing some of the trees that are beginning to grow in this area and turning them into perfect refuges for our reptile friends.

We will meet here: http://goo.gl/maps/YCGyK

Food and drinks will be provided and all are welcome.

For more information contact us on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone us on 01303 815170.

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Boxley Warren Action Day

10 November 2013

Venue: Boxley Warren

Time: 10am-2pm

Cost: Free

A monthly event (usually the 2nd Sunday of the month) organised by the Friends of Boxley Warren. Tasks will include glade creation, access management, protecting planted trees etc.

All tools will be provided as will refreshments but do wear sturdy shoes and clothes suitable for the weather. We will meet on the Old Chatham Rd
Link to map: http://goo.gl/maps/1HJDz
For more information contact:

Mike at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 01303 815170

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Steve at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 07801 386264

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Volunteer Task Day

17 November 2013

Venue: Bredhurst Wood

Time: 10am-2pm

Cost: Free

If you enjoy using Bredhurst Woods, please consider giving a few hours to help maintain and restore the site. Jobs vary throughout the year and may include light coppicing, ground clearance, fencing and litter picking. Please bring gloves and wear suitable clothing. Lunch and refreshments provided. Meet at Hurstwood Rd, Bredhurst.

For details please call Steve Wright on 07801 386264 or Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Coppicing and Glade Creation

07 December 2013

Venue: Hurst Wood, Charing Heath

Time: 10am - 2pm

Cost: Free

Join local charity Heaths Countryside Corridor as they help to create some ideal habitat for the resident dormouse population.  We will be creating some glades and small coppiced areas within the wood to help provide more space for flowering and fruiting plants and trees.  Just the job for a species that needs a variety of food plants throughout the summer months.

We will meet here: http://goo.gl/maps/YCGyK

Food and drinks will be provided and all are welcome.

For more information contact us on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone us on 01303 815170.

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Boxley Warren Action Day

08 December 2013

Venue: Boxley Warren

Time: 10am-2pm

Cost: Free

A monthly event (usually the 2nd Sunday of the month) organised by the Friends of Boxley Warren. Tasks will include glade creation, access management, protecting planted trees etc.

All tools will be provided as will refreshments but do wear sturdy shoes and clothes suitable for the weather. We will meet on the Old Chatham Rd
Link to map: http://goo.gl/maps/1HJDz
For more information contact:

Mike at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 01303 815170

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Steve at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 07801 386264

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Volunteer Task Day

15 December 2013

Venue: Bredhurst Wood

Time: 10am-2pm

Cost: Free

If you enjoy using Bredhurst Woods, please consider giving a few hours to help maintain and restore the site. Jobs vary throughout the year and may include light coppicing, ground clearance, fencing and litter picking. Please bring gloves and wear suitable clothing. Lunch and refreshments provided. Meet at Hurstwood Rd, Bredhurst.

For details please call Steve Wright on 07801 386264 or Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Quiz night
Written by Ruth Lovering   
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 06:56

Quiz night in May at The White Horse, Sandway, was a great success, raising £90 for HCC. Karen had written some pretty challenging questions and three teams strained their brains to not make complete fools of themselves. There was one round focused on the Heaths Countryside Corridor sites, but there was a leaflet available to provide some clues. In the end the Smith/Webb/Butler-Gallie/Austin team won, with the other 2 teams close on their heels, but not managing to catch up.

Many thanks to Tony at The White Horse, who generously donated the chicken curry served during the evening.

 
Monthly Volunteer Days Launched at HCC
Written by Ruth Lovering   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 07:41

Heaths Countryside Corridor volunteers met on Saturday at Chilston Ponds to help out the sheep and cows with their management of the site. The entrance to the site was cleared of bracken and nettles as was the area of the ice house that has been fenced off to prevent livestock trampling Some of the bracken was also €˜bashed €™ to help restore the grassland area where cars park, a great activity for those who like to unleash their frustrations on inanimate objects! By bruising the stems of the invasive bracken the plant is weakened in its attempt to repair itself. Repeated bashing in the future will eventually kill the bracken and is said to be more effective than cutting the stems completely. The group would like to extend their thanks to those who helped out.

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Volunteers Clearing Bracken & Upcoming Volunteer Events

Next month we will tackle the pond which is sure to be a fun, if not rather messy affair. We will meet at Chilston Ponds for a 10am start on Saturday, 5th October. No need to book, just turn up with suitable clothing and we will feed and water you for your trouble.

We will meet here: http://goo.gl/maps/80lfG

All are welcome but please contact Mike Phillips on 01303 815170 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you require any further information
 
Great Crested Newts Galore
Written by Mike Phillips   
Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:03

HCC and the Kent Reptile & Amphibian Group (KRAG) held an amphibian evening at Chilston Ponds yesterday evening to keep an eye on the remarkable amphibians on the site. Those attending were able to witness great crested newts, palmate newts and smooth newts (that's all three of Kent's native newts) in full breeding condition. Chilston Ponds has such good populations of newts that it has been designated as a Key Amphibian Site by KRAG. We also found eggs wrapped up in vegetation proving that the newts are breeding at the site.

Great Crested Newt: Photo by Paul Lambourne

After the event further torchlight surveys were undertaken at Bull Heath and Hurst Wood where great crested newts and smooth newts were also found. Bull Heath's pond also contains some of the biggest dragonfly larvae you're ever likely to see.

 
Memories of Chilston Park, written by Austin
Written by Ruth Lovering   
Saturday, 09 March 2013 19:16

Austin moved to Lenham in 1972 when he was 10 years old. Download the attached document to read his memories of Chilston Park ChilstonMemories_AC.  We would love to hear your thoughts about living in this area. Please send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Sand Martin Sculpture
Written by Mike Phillips   
Monday, 10 December 2012 13:14
A new sand martin sculpture has been installed in Bull Heath.  Designed and constructed by Steve Protchmouth it has been funded by Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Wandering and Wondering project.  We hope you like it.SandMartin
 
As Time Grows By
Written by Jo Hill   
Thursday, 06 December 2012 10:43
Hurst Wood in Kent is an Ancient Woodland Site (AWS), split into three sections by a country lane and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL)/M20 corridor. 
The woodland has created habitats for a range of wildlife including reptiles and amphibians such as slow worms and great crested newts.
One section of the woodland, owned by the Heaths Countryside Corridor (HCC), has a composition of hazel coppice, ash standards and areas of wet alder and valuable woodland ponds.  The existence of a south facing bank with open sunny areas within this section of Hurst wood provides an essential basking site for reptiles. Basking sites are essential energy creators for these cold-blooded animals.
In August 2008, the Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership (KSCP) volunteers built a culvert on behalf of the HCC. The culvert increased access for the public and horse riders through the wood over an otherwise impassable ditch. 
KSCP conservation volunteers returned to area around the culvert on the 21st of November 2012 to carry out some reptile and amphibian habitat creation. They found that moss and other lower plants had successfully grown over the culvert, blending it into the surrounding woodland as shown in the pictures. A clear example of nature’s impeccable ability to recover.
The volunteers spent the day clearing trees and scrub around the woodland pond to improve basking habitat and terrestrial foraging for reptiles and amphibians.
Work was carried out whilst the known population of great crested newts and other animals were hibernating.
Conservation Volunteer Jo Hill says ‘I enjoyed working with the other KSCP conservation volunteers to improve the amphibian and reptile habitat and help to protect the future of many native wildlife species on the site’.
Great crested newts are the largest of the UK’s native newts, and can grow up to 15cm in length, and live for up to 27 years! They are dark brown or black in colour and have bright orange undersides with black spots. 
The species is most active at night during the summer months when they visit ponds to breed. During the winter, the terrestrial amphibian hibernates under logs or stones or in the mud at the bottom of a pond. 
The tree and scrub removal will encourage the existing population of newts to expand, as it will give them a larger area to forage in and create easy access through the open grassy area to the pond. 
The cleared area will offer opportunity for many other species including slow worms, grass snakes and insect rich hunting ground for bat and bird species. 
Although Great crested newts can be found across Britain, they are a declining species due to lack of habitat. The work from volunteers therefore is essential for the species survival. 
The Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership (KSCP) volunteers manage and improve countryside in Hurst Wood and many other locations in Kent to benefit our native wildlife. If you would like to join the volunteers on their next conservation work day please contact the KSCP on 01233 813307 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hurst Wood in Kent is an Ancient Woodland Site (AWS), split into three sections by a country lane and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL)/M20 corridor. The woodland has created habitats for a range of wildlife including reptiles and amphibians such as slow worms and great crested newts. One section of the woodland, owned by the Heaths Countryside Corridor (HCC), has a composition of hazel coppice, ash standards and areas of wet alder and valuable woodland ponds. The existence of a south facing bank with open sunny areas within this section of Hurst wood provides an essential basking site for reptiles. Basking sites are essential energy creators for these cold-blooded animals.

In August 2008, the Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership (KSCP) volunteers built a culvert on behalf of the HCC. The culvert increased access for the public and horse riders through the wood over an otherwise impassable ditch. 
KSCP conservation volunteers returned to area around the culvert on the 21st of November 2012 to carry out some reptile and amphibian habitat creation. They found that moss and other lower plants had successfully grown over the culvert, blending it into the surrounding woodland as shown in the pictures. A clear example of nature’s impeccable ability to recover.

Culvert_in_2008  Culvert_in_2012

The volunteers spent the day clearing trees and scrub around the woodland pond to improve basking habitat and terrestrial foraging for reptiles and amphibians.Work was carried out whilst the known population of great crested newts and other animals were hibernating.

Conservation Volunteer Jo Hill says ‘I enjoyed working with the other KSCP conservation volunteers to improve the amphibian and reptile habitat and help to protect the future of many native wildlife species on the site’.
Great crested newts are the largest of the UK’s native newts, and can grow up to 15cm in length, and live for up to 27 years! They are dark brown or black in colour and have bright orange undersides with black spots. The species is most active at night between February and June when they visit ponds to breed. During the winter, the terrestrial amphibian hibernates under logs or stones or in the mud at the bottom of a pond. The tree and scrub removal will encourage the existing population of newts to expand, as it will give them a larger area to forage in and create easy access through the open grassy area to the pond. The cleared area will offer opportunity for many other species including slow worms, grass snakes and insect rich hunting ground for bat and bird species. Although Great crested newts can be found across Britain, they are a declining species due to lack of habitat. The work from volunteers therefore is essential for the species survival. 

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The Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership (KSCP) volunteers manage and improve countryside in Hurst Wood and many other locations in Kent to benefit our native wildlife. If you would like to join the volunteers on their next conservation work day please contact the KSCP on 01233 813307 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Let Sleeping Dormice Lie
Written by Debbie Adams   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 11:40
Hurst wood, Charing Heath, is home to a small population of hazel dormouse. This nocturnal animal is predominantly safe from predation due to its arboreal lifestyle. As an arboreal creature, ‘living in trees’, the dormouse depends upon connectivity between branches and scrub so that it can travel to hunt for food and maintain contact with other dormice for purposes such as breeding.  
Hazel coppice woodland provides the ideal habitat for the dormouse. The multi-stemmed structure of the coppice creates a vast canopy through which the dormouse can travel whilst the hazelnut provides a staple part of the dormouse’s omnivorous diet. 
Management of hazel coppice woodlands is essential for maintaining a healthy food source. Coppicing is the action of cutting trees down to a low height, leaving stumps, which will then r-grow. Hazelnut fruits grow in quantity on stems between 7 and 15 years of age. Harvests of fruit after this age decline. It is therefore important to maintain a coppice cycle within woodland to sustain an area rich in hazelnuts.
This traditional woodland management benefits a whole range of wildlife. Following the initial coppice clearance, sunlight can penetrate to the woodland floor encouraging woodland flowers to grow. Subsequently this provides a pollen and nectar source for woodland butterflies such as the speckled wood and brimstone butterfly. Log piles and brash piles from the felled timber create habitats for invertebrates such as woodlice and growing platforms for many fungi species. 
Coppicing takes place in the winter months from November through to February. During this winter period, the hazel dormouse is hibernating deep in the roots of trees. In terms of tree health, winter is the optimum time for cutting as sap, a watery fluid carrying food to plant tissue, is held in the tree’s roots and consequently felling will not kill the plant.
Within a year the coppice stool will be showing new signs of life as stress signals to the plant will encourage it to regenerate, with additional stems too.
Hurst Wood is a section of a larger ancient woodland complex, divided by a small road and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL)/M20 corridor. Countryside volunteers are key to selectively and sensitively managing small areas of the woodland to ensure longevity in food supply for the hazel dormouse, create habitat opportunity for other wildlife and work in such a manner that disturbance to the site is minimised.
The Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership (KSCP) volunteers have been coppicing in Hurst Wood to benefit habitat for the hazel dormouse. If you would like to join the volunteers on their next conservation work day please contact the KSCP on 01233 813307 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hurst wood, Charing Heath, is home to a small population of hazel dormouse. This nocturnal animal is predominantly safe from predation due to its arboreal lifestyle. As an arboreal creature, ‘living in trees’, the dormouse depends upon connectivity between branches and scrub so that it can travel to hunt for food and maintain contact with other dormice for purposes such as breeding.  Hazel coppice woodland provides the ideal habitat for the dormouse. The multi-stemmed structure of the coppice creates a vast canopy through which the dormouse can travel whilst the hazelnut provides a staple part of the dormouse’s omnivorous diet. 

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Management of hazel coppice woodlands is essential for maintaining a healthy food source. Coppicing is the action of cutting trees down to a low height, leaving stumps, which will then regrow. Hazelnut fruits grow in quantity on stems between 7 and 15 years of age. Harvests of fruit after this age decline. It is therefore important to maintain a coppice cycle within woodland to sustain an area rich in hazelnuts. This traditional woodland management benefits a whole range of wildlife. Following the initial coppice clearance, sunlight can penetrate to the woodland floor encouraging woodland flowers to grow. Subsequently this provides a pollen and nectar source for woodland butterflies such as the speckled wood and brimstone butterfly. Log piles and brash piles from the felled timber create habitats for invertebrates such as woodlice and growing platforms for many fungi species. Coppicing takes place in the winter months from November through to February. During this winter period, the hazel dormouse is hibernating deep in the roots of trees. In terms of tree health, winter is the optimum time for cutting as sap, a watery fluid carrying food to plant tissue, is held in the tree’s roots and consequently felling will not kill the plant. Within a year the coppice stool will be showing new signs of life as stress signals to the plant will encourage it to regenerate, with additional stems too.Hurst Wood is a section of a larger ancient woodland complex, divided by a small road and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL)/M20 corridor. Countryside volunteers are key to selectively and sensitively managing small areas of the woodland to ensure longevity in food supply for the hazel dormouse, create habitat opportunity for other wildlife and work in such a manner that disturbance to the site is minimised. The Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership (KSCP) volunteers have been coppicing in Hurst Wood to benefit habitat for the hazel dormouse. If you would like to join the volunteers on their next conservation work day please contact the KSCP on 01233 813307 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Fungi Foray
Written by Mike Phillips   
Monday, 22 October 2012 09:36
Hardy souls braved the rather damp conditions and enjoyed was has proven to be quite a remarkable fungi season this year.  HCC were joined by long term supporter and fungi expert, Steve Kirk who was able to reveal some of the secrets offered up by the fungi found on the woodland floor.  Autumn is a good time to look for fungi as this is the time when many species throw out their fruiting bodies.  These are only a small part of the fungus which is mostly found within the soil and within wood and other vegetation.  The actual fungus supporting the fruiting body can live for many years.
Looking for fungi can be rather a hit and miss business as the appearance of fruiting bodies is very dependent upon the weather, particularly levels of moisture.  Last year was very dissappointing as we had a very dry autumn but this year has proved to be rather wet and has led to the appearance of species that have never before been recorded in Hurst Wood.
 
These included the hare's ear fungus and the rather remarkable pipe club fungus that Steve Kirk had never seen before in 25 years of fungi forays.  It is wonderful to be surprised by what ancient woodland can reveal under the right conditions.  Many thanks to Steve and everybody who made the effort.  It was well worth it!
 
 
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This project has been made possible by the enormous help of the Rail Link Countryside Initiative (David Standen), Mid-Kent Downs Project (Sally Evans, Mike Phillips), Kentish Stour Countryside Project (Debbie Adams) and Kent Wildlife Trust (Neil Coombes) to whom we are very grateful.

 


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We are particularly grateful to the following supporters of the Heaths Countryside Corridor. If you’d like a link to your company to appear here, become a Corporate Member of HCC!

AJ & NM Carr Ltd (Coach company)
Pivington Mill, Pluckley, Tel: 01233 840651

CL2 (Hairdresser)
Cranbrook, 01580 715456, enquiries@cl2.co.uk, www.cl2.co.uk

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JKW Alexander Ltd (local farm)
Sandway, 01622 858348, kennethalexander@btconnect.com

Lenham Ironmongers Ltd (Household Stores)
Lenham, 01622 858286

Sharen Cain (certified accountant)
Lenham Heath, 01622 851851, sharen.cain@btconnect.com

The White Horse (Traditional Brithish & Authentic Mexican Cuisine)
Sandway, 01622 859511,  www.the-white-horse.com

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