Romney Marsh – What’s out there?
Want to take action to help stop the decline of the bees, wildflowers and birds which share Romney Marsh with us?
We want to hear from local people willing to record the wildlife of the Romney Marsh. This is citizen science in action, but it can only happen with your involvement!
We will be putting on short identification skills training courses so that anyone can learn how to identify various species of bumblebees and flowering plants and use simple methods for recording them. We are currently finalising the dates for courses, fitting around Covid-restrictions. This is an opportunity that can fit around your existing commitments. We will help you to build your knowledge and confidence – so get in touch to learn more about the opportunities on offer.
Interested! then give me, Tobias Jackson the Fifth Continent Biodiversity Officer a call on 07568 428365 or e-mail Tobias.Jackson@kentwildlife.org.uk.
We’re looking for one or two keen volunteers to help with our new Self-Guided Tour App for the Romney Marsh Historic Churches. 14 beautiful medieval churches can be found across Romney Marsh, each with a wealth of interesting features and fascinating stories. Our new project, in partnership with the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust, will help bring the histories and features of these unique buildings to life with the development of a self-guided tour app for visitors and local people
We have an opportunity for a couple of tech-savvy volunteers to get involved with this exciting project; helping to gather content and build the tour, and learning how to use the new app’s content management system, alongside our Cultural Heritage Officer, Didier Rochard.
This opportunity is suitable for remote working from a home computer. Project volunteers will need to be confident using computers but don’t need to be experts. If you’d like to find out more, please e-mail Didier.Rochard@kentwildlife.org.uk
The stunning image above of St Thomas a Becket at Fairfield was taken by Sue Martin.
Update – April 2020
All of our outdoor volunteer tasks and activities are currently on hold but if you are interested in finding out about any of the project opportunities you can be involved with please contact us via email.
We have a variety of projects running that can be supported by volunteers who may be interested in helping with the Oral History booklet, film calendar and opportunities to record the wildlife you see on the Marsh. We have also designed some new family Doorstep Discovery quiz trails in 5 areas of Romney Marsh so if you go out for an exercise walk in one of these areas, you and your family can be involved in testing the short walks and provide feedback for us.
We are also keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved with future activities once we can restart activities again.
Click here for details of how to contact us by email.
We have a wide range of projects which will be running until the middle of 2021 so if you would like to get involved, please have a look at the opportunities below.
Volunteering Opportunities on hold
During April 2019 our heritage volunteers started the finds-processing from our recent archaeological excavation on Romney Marsh. We have number of drop-in sessions planned for the coming months so if you would like to get involved, please contact our Heritage Officer.
MARSH ON SCREEN
Our film project is progressing, but we are always on the lookout for more people to get involved. If you want to make a short film (2 – 15 minutes long) about the heritage, wildlife and landscape of the Marsh or living on the Marsh, then get in contact with our film makers Screen South.
Visit the Fifth Continent on Film page to view some of our recent short films and watch out for some more workshops soon.
COASTAL COMMUNITIES ORAL HISTORY
The Coastal Communities Oral History project is looking for local people who would like to be involved in capturing memories and experiences about life on the Marsh and how the tourism industry grew over the last century. If you would like to be part of this exciting project and are interested in either being interviewed or becoming an interviewer please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ARCHAEOLOGY AND HERITAGE PROJECTS
There are opportunities for volunteers of all ages to get involved in an exciting series of archaeology and heritage projects, including:
- Sentinels of the Marsh: A project to investigate the standing, ruined and lost churches of the Marsh. Preparation is underway for the St Martins excavation in New Romney this summer. If you would like to get involved with this excavation please contact our Heritage Officer Lucie.
- The Hunt for Romney Port: A project to explore possible locations of the port of Old Romney;
- Landscapes of the Marsh: A project to undertake archaeological surveys of the wider Marsh landscape.
The Great Tapestry of Romney Marsh is currently being embroidered and the IMOS foundation are still looking for more people to get involved with the sewing. Contact the project team for more information
To find out more including how to get involved contact the project team.
If you decide to volunteer with us, we will follow the guidance and procedures put in place for volunteers by the lead partner, the Kent Wildlife Trust. Please go to the Kent Wildlife Trust volunteering page for more information.