What's On | Iwade Nature and Conservation Group
The Iwade Nature and Conservation Group was set up to educate residents as to what different species are present in the village and to work with other organisations to ensure that the Iwade Nature Park is to be managed effectively. We have great areas for nature right in the middle of the village and it will be great to see these areas protected and enjoyed by residents for many years to come. The group is working closely with Iwade Parish Council, Swale Council, The PTES (People's Trust for Endangered Species), KRAG (Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group), The Environment Agency and Mid Kent Downs Area of Natural Beauty. Hopefully as the group grows more organisations will be getting involved.
In 2013 you'll be seeing certain things develop especially around the area of Woodpecker Orchard. The pond has already been tidied up and a duck house placed on the pond. There will soon be a pond dipping platform being installed, some more benches and there are also plans for a bridge across the stream to connect the footpaths up to make better links to the Orchard, Nature Park and walks out across the fields.
The group is totally run by volunteers and rely on grants and donations to help the group run. The group will be fundraising throughout the year but if you have a company who would like to get involved more with projects or sponsor the group please get in touch. If any individuals would like to make a donation it is possible via the ‘Donate’ button and would be gratefully received.
What species are present?
We have some highly endangered species right here in the middle of the village. Most people know about the Great Crested Newts and although they are all over the village they are strictly protected.
There are a species of beetle living on the dead wood of the trees in the orchard in Woodpecker Drive. The Noble Chafer Beetle is not only protected but is at high risk of extinction in the UK. It was thought to be extinct in Kent but it has been found in Iwade, the only new discovery of the Noble Chafer in the U.K!
Although the group don't know too much about them yet there are Water Voles living in the stream alongside the orchard in Woodpecker Drive and it is hoped to do some survey work in the future to find out more about them.
The group is still in the early stages of setting up but a lot has been done already and will be happening very soon. Watch this space for more news and events as they become available.
INCG have proudly been invited by KRAG to become one of their Conservation Partners. KRAG Conservation Partners are organisations that KRAG has a valued and close relationship with. These conservation organisations work with KRAG to promote best practice in the work they do.
Pond dipping at the GCN Survey Training day
Residents get stuck in and help out the Environment Agency team
James Haskell removes some of the many weeds from the village pond
Members of incg undergoing Great Crested Newt Survey Training
Members of incg surveying one of Iwade's ponds for Great Crested Newts
Great Crested Newt
Vice ChairSarah Cotta
Contact Iwade Nature and Conservation Group
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Or on 07788 101 228
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