Dis­cover how to help save pre­cious ponds

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

A DAY-LONG con­fer­ence for vol­un­teers will­ing to help pro­tect Kent’s wildlife ponds and wa­ter cour­ses will be held by con­ser­va­tion char­ity Kent branch of the Bri­tish Trust for Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers (BTCV) on Satur­day, June 2. The event will in­clude a visit to Hoth­field Com­mon, Kent’s finest acid grass­land site, a free buf­fet lunch and meet­ing at the lo­cal Hop Pick­ers pub with key speaker Jeremy Biggs, co-au­thor of The Pond Book, and an author­ity on aquatic ecol­ogy and pond con­ser­va­tion. Kent BTCV man­ages the county Pond War­den scheme, whose mem­bers help to or­gan­ise pond restora­tion and cre­ation projects and act as con­tacts for prob­lems or queries about en­dan­gered ponds. Event or­gan­iser Mike Phillips said: “Kent’s ponds and their wildlife are fac­ing con­tin­ual threats, es­pe­cially in ar­eas of ma­jor de­vel­op­ment like Ash­ford and the Thames Gate­way. “We need more vol­un­teers through­out the county and the con­fer­ence is an ideal op­por­tu­nity for prospec­tive vol­un­teers to come and find out what we do and de­cide whether they would like to take part in any of our ac­tiv­i­ties.” For full in­for­ma­tion or to re­serve a place con­tact Mike Phillips on 01233 812033 e-mail M.Phillips@btcv.org.uk

Pic­ture: Ray Lewis

The keeled skim­mer dragon­fly, a rare species found around the ponds on Hoth­field Com­mon

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