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Nature Spotter

In 2018 we have increased the number of ‘Nature Spotting’ days at the Fant Wildlife Area. Each event focuses on a different area of wildlife; from small mammals to wild flowers. For the first time this year we will also be looking for newts and bats.

You are invited to join the Fant Wildlife Group on site to learning about the species to be found at your local nature reserve. These events will be lead by the Fant Wildlife Group. All events are free to members; non-members will be charged a nominal fee of £1 per head.

These ‘Nature Spotting’ days have been made possible through the generous donations made by our local borough councillors. Their support has allowed us to buy nature identification books and equipment.

Come down to the Fant Wildlife Area and get up close to nature…!



Wood Mouse

Small Mammals

Saturday 18th March 10:00am

Can you tell the difference between a Wood Mouse and a Bank Vole? Join us on site to learn about the small mammals found in Kent.

Please arrive promptly for this exciting opportunity to hold a live Wood Mouse or Bank Vole.

Later we will learn about field signs and identifying the most common small mammals in Kent.



Smooth Newt

Newts

Saturday 7th April 7:30pm

We will be undertaking a torchlit newt survey.

Bring a torch with you for a chance to see the night-time breeding activity of our resident newt population.







Common Vetch

Wildflowers

Saturday 26th May 2:00pm

Join us on site to learn how to identify flowering plants. We will look at some of the main plant families and classification.

Using identification books and keys you will be able to identify flowering plants at the Fant Wildlife Area.

If you have a hand lens or magnifying glass, bring it with you.



Common pipistrelle in flight

Bats

Saturday 9th June 9pm

Do you know how many species of bats live in the UK?

Can you let the difference between a Common pipistrelle and a Noctule?

Come and join us to find out the answers to these questions and more. If you have your own bat detector, bring it with you.





Roesel's Bush-Cricket

Butterflies, Bumblebees, Grasshoppers and Crickets

Saturday 21st July 2:00pm

Can you tell an Adonis Blue from a Holly Blue? What’s the difference between a Cricket and a Grasshopper?

Join us on site to learn the answer to these questions and lots more. Using identification books and keys you will learn the main butterfly families and tell the difference between Crickets and Grasshoppers from their calls.

Depending on weather conditions we will also be searching for bumblebees.



Gatekeeper

Butterflies, Bumblebees, Grasshoppers and Crickets

Saturday 18th August 2:00pm

Another chance to learn about these facinating creatures.







Bank Vole

Small Mammals

Saturday 6th October 10:00am

Can you tell the difference between a Wood Mouse and a Bank Vole? Join us on site to learn about the small mammals found in Kent.

Please arrive promptly for the exciting opportunity to hold a live Wood Mouse or Bank Vole.

Later we will learn about field signs and identifying the most common small mammals in Kent.




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