Monitoring of the Marsh



When people think of wildlife watching on Romney Marsh, most would head for Dungeness, but there is fantastic wildlife all around if you know what you’re looking for. The ditches are home to rare plants such as tubular water dropwort and Marsh mallow. Rare bees can be found all across the marsh and buzzards can be seen soaring overhead.

This project is all about teaching local people to recognise the wildlife that is all around them. We are working in partnership with Kent and Sussex Records Centres to put on a series of training courses and organise a network of recorders to gather as much information about the wildlife of the marsh as possible. This feeds into the other projects and will be useful for planning projects into the future. Perhaps it will even spark some budding naturalists to get more involved with nature conservation. Click the Wildlife Recording Tab!

Monitoring of the Marsh contributes to Restore project theme.


The are opportunities to become volunteer wildlife surveyors. Check out the Wildlife Recording Page for more information.

COMING SOON! A programme of events and workshops on the species of Romney Marsh.

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Feb 2020

Romney Marsh recorders group update

Great to see that people are continuing to get involved in the Romney recorders group. The group has  recorded a range of species from across the marsh to add to existing knowledge. Two more sessions happening over the winter months.

Sep 2019


The last wildlife event focusing on overlooked mammals of Kent took place on 29 Sept. Look out for the new events programme in 2020.

Sep 2019

Romney recorders group update

Great to see that people are continuing to get involved in the Romney recorders group. There will be two more sessions happening over the winter months.

Jul 2019

Busy delivering wildlife events

Wildlife events took place across June and early July covering a broad range of subjects including botany, habitat assessment, medicinal leeches and two different wildlife walks along the Royal Military Canal. More events to come soon – follow the What’s On page for more details.

May 2019

Successful wildlife recording session

Successful wildlife recording session

During May we had a fabulous wildlife recording session with some excellent volunteers from @ecologyconsult on Romney Marsh. We were lucky enough to find a great silver water beetle and an enormous pike! Many thanks to The Ecology Consultancy for giving us their time and expertise to carryout wildlife recording for a day to further our understanding of Romney Marsh.

Apr 2019

Events Programme Launched

A drop-in event was held at Ivychurch on 27 April. It was great to see people interested in local wildlife. People saw pond life under a microscope, our new interactive map and got a chance to find out more about the exciting events taking place this summer.  

Feb 2019

Monthly Recording Task Days planned

The monthly recording task days will take place every second Monday of the month (commencing 13 May 2019). Each month we will visit a different site around the Marsh and record as many plants and animals as we can. Training will be given and at each visit we will focus on a different species group, some sessions will be based at a single site whilst others will take the form of a gentle stroll.

Nov 2018

Programme of events for 2019

A programme of events in 2019 is being drawn up for the Monitoring of the Marsh project, which will include a packed schedule of wildlife training events and exhibitions. For more details visit the What’s On page.  

Oct 2018

Events being planned

A programme of events being drawn up for this project, mainly to take place in 2019. We will have a packed schedule of wildlife training events and exhibitions.

Jun 2018

Habitat survey update

Plants and lichen survey of church yards started

Apr 2018

Habitat survey update

A contractor has been appointed to commence the habitat survey in the Sussex area of the project. Phase one of the project will establish existing land use types. Local recording groups have been contacted to invite them to be involved in the project.

Feb 2018

Ready to commence

After much sorting of contract documents, we’re now ready to commence subject to fleshing out the bones of this project.

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It is planned to create a number of short films about Romney Marsh during the life of the scheme and this will include recording the progress of the projects. Go to the film footage page to get details of the films we have produced so far.

Help us reach 100,000 wildlife sightings!

Get involved with wildlife recording on Romney Marsh! Whether you’ve never heard of wildlife recording or you’re an expert entomologist there are lots of events coming up and ways to get involved. Go to the Wildlife Recording page for full details and to check out our interactive map.


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To find out more including how to get involved contact the project team.