Sandwich Bay Observatory Trust Art Auction

To help raise funds to purchase the 12.4 acres of Restharrow Scrape, a nature reserve near Sandwich, there will be an Art Auction at St Mary’s Church, Sandwich, on 26th October.
Doors open for viewing at 2pm with the auction starting at 7.30pm. Some art will be on sale during the day. Artists who have donated works include senior members of KOS. Bidding is possible by email, up until 6pm on the previous day, 25th October.
Sally Hunter
Chair of Restharrow Scrape Fundraising Committee.


2018 Annual KOS Conference

Saturday November 3rd 2018, Chaucer College, Canterbury
Our conference this year explores many ways in which watching and counting birds can help improve their lives. We are delighted to welcome, among others, Mark Avery, the well known wildlife campaigner, and the Director of the BTO, Andy Clements, who will address KOS members in Kent for the first time.
Places are limited – please book early!


Andy Clements Director of the BTO
Mark Avery Wildlife Campaigner
Nicole Khan RSPB: Turtle Doves Project
Will Tofts Warden, Northward Hill RSPB Reserve
Carol Donaldson Country side Consultations
Dr Sara Zonnenfeld University of Exeter
Steffan Walton Sandwich Bay BO
Kent bird artists, Norman McCanch and Ian Rendall will be exhibiting work.

£25.00 for current KOS members,
 £30.00 Guests & non-KOS members
, £10.00 Under-25s
Includes: refreshments on arrival, morning coffee, lunch

Booking Form

KOS Dungeness Meeting: September

Ray O’Reilly writes:

Thank you to all KOS members who attended our Outdoor Meeting to Dungeness yesterday 16 September. We had a lovely sunny day although breezy at times. We clocked up 80 species seen between us and we didn’t even visit the coast. Highlights were 5 Cattle Egret, 9 Great White Egret, 2 Black Tern, 4 Garganey, 2 Black Redstart, 3 Wheatear, 2 Peregrine, Goldeneye, Black-necked Grebe and 2 Whinchat.
A special warm welcome to the folk who do not normally attend these outings, it was a pleasure to have you along.”

Cleve Hill Solar Park at Graveney

Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd are proposing to develop a solar park on the north Kent coast, at a site located roughly one mile northeast of Faversham, three miles west of Whitstable and situated closest to the village of Graveney.
The Cleve Hill Solar Park proposal is for a large array of solar panels, arranged on an east-west axis, projected to generate up to 350 megawatts of power. The developers claim it could provide enough electricity to power over 110,000 homes.

Phase Two Consultations have now ended.
The scale of the development has not significantly reduced since the Phase One Consultation, but there have been some changes:

The development will be set back 60 metres from the Saxon Shore Way
The developers are working with Kent County Council to enhance the public rights of way with a possibility of including permissive pathways, cycleways or bridleways across the site.
The number of panels has been reduced. None will be placed at Cleve Hill Lane, and there are proposed screening mitigation near to neighbouring properties at Nagden, Warm House and Cleve Hill, including a community orchard at Graveney Hill.
A habitat management steering group has been set up with Natural England, RSPB and Kent Wildlife Trust.

Cleve Hill Solar can be contacted at
Cleve Hill Solar Park Website

Data Protection

Kent Ornithological Society has reviewed the way it uses and stores personal data so that it can meet the requirements of the new data protection regulations (GDPR). As a result, it has agreed a privacy policy to make it clear what data the society holds and how it uses it.
Privacy Policy

Lodge Hill once more under threat

In September 2014, Medway Council approved a planning application for 5,000 houses that would directly destroy 144ha of Lodge Hill SSSI (and an estimated 80% of the territories of the Nightingale population,) and have a severe impact on the rest of the 351ha SSSI. In 2012, a full survey estimated there were 85 singing males. In 2017, thanks to a public campaign, the decision was ‘called in’ by Government (in other words, it was deemed to be a decision of such national importance that it ought to be determined by the Secretary of State) and was subsequently withdrawn.
Earlier this year (2018) Medway Council submitted a new Draft Plan which again included Lodge Hill. A new campaign was launched by the RSPB as part of a public consultation, which ended on 25th June with over 10,000 people sending messages of objection.
Medway Council is expected to submit another Draft Plan towards the end of 2018, following a review of the results of the consultation. Homes England, the owners of Lodge Hill, are expected to submit a new planning application for houses towards the end of 2018.
For further information, see the RSPB Campaign Page below.
Lodge Hill: Photo: RSPB
Photo: RSPB
RSPB Campaign Page

Barn Owl, 11/02/16, Steve Ashton

Updated Member’s Blog

KOS member Steve Ashton has updated his photo blog at a new web address, with some stunning images.
See Steve’s Photographic Journal

New Kent List published

An updated and easier-to-use version of The Kent List has been published. Dating back to 1781, maintained by Keith Privett, the page lists all species reported in Kent.
Kent List

Honorary Life Vice Presidents

Congratulations to John Cantelo and John Hollyer on being elected Honorary Life Vice Presidents of the Society. This recognises the contribution that both these long-serving members have made to birding in Kent and to the Society over many years.

Tetrad Atlas

Kent Ornithological Society’s Tetrad Atlas

The KOS Tetrad Atlas has been restored and is now available on this website.
Features: distribution maps for the New Breeding and Winter Tetrad Atlas projects (2007-13), maps for the Second Breeding Atlas (1988-94) and First Breeding Atlas (1967-73).

Tetrad Atlas

Can you help to save Little Terns in Kent?

Little Terns, once abundant and regular around the Kent coast, are now struggling to survive as a breeding species in the county.

Many of the traditional breeding sites have now been abandoned through pressures from human disturbance, predation and possibly reduced feeding opportunities.

One of the few remaining sites on the North Kent coast at Castle Coote near Seasalter is under the management of Kent Wildlife Trust, but breeding success has not been recorded for over 10 years, although some pairs do attempt to breed most summers.  One pair was seen incubating in 2016, but the nest was subsequently abandoned, with human disturbance being the likely cause.Little Tern
Little Tern Photo: Steve Ashton

Protection measures such as electric fencing, trail cameras and clear signage, as well as attraction methods like decoys and audio devices, are known to be more effective when supported by the presence of seasonal wardens. Warden support is required during the breeding season between 1st May and 31st August, ideally providing rota presence seven days a week.

Kent Wildlife Trust is seeking volunteers to carry out this protection by deterring human disturbance around the breeding colony, educating visitors to the reserve and monitoring wildlife activity and sightings.  If you would be interested in helping with this project or require more details, please contact
Kevin Duvall
Kent Wildlife Trust Swale Area Warden

Phone: 07889 822408

Kent Ornithological Society was founded in 1952.

Our aims are:
To record and monitor the county’s bird life providing both an accurate historical record of Kent’s birds but equally importantly providing data that can be used to help protect valuable habitats from development and other threats.
In doing this, we seek increase knowledge and understanding of birds and their habitats in the county and encourage and support people seeking to take up birdwatching as a hobby.
Membership of the society is open to all and costs £12 a year. Members receive a free copy of the annual Kent Bird Report and regular electronic newsletters.  See details 
The Society runs regular indoor talks at a central location in Maidstone and an outdoor programme of field meetings. They are opportunities for both beginners and experienced birdwatchers to meet others in the county and to develop their knowledge and skills.