WHAT’S ON

The What’s On page covers all sorts of events across the Romney Marsh area. Click an event for more information and details of how to book. Where shown click the partner organisation link for the most up to date information.

Look out for Heritage workshops happening this year – more details to follow. Contact us if you have an idea for a heritage skills workshop that you would like to be delivered on the marsh.

 

Apr
27
Sat
Wildlife Recording drop in event – Fifth Continent scheme
Apr 27 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pop in for a chat and a piece of cake to find out what wildlife recording is all about. By getting involved you’ll learn more about the wildlife around you and how plants and animals you see can be vitally important. Plus get out in the fresh air with like-minded people and explore new areas of Romney Marsh. No prior knowledge necessary, open to all.

Or are you already doing some recording? We’d love you to come and tell us about it. Would you like to visit some new places? Plus get access to new equipment and resources.

Location of drop in event: Ivychurch Village Hall

Booking not required, drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm

More information: Contact the Fifth Continent team

 

Castle Water Wildlife Walk – Partner organisation SWT
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A walk to Camber Castle with an opportunity to look inside and visit the birdwatching hide overlooking Castle Water where there should be ducks, egrets and possibly a marsh harrier.We will also be listening for warblers and hopefully the first cuckoo.

Meet at: Brede Lock, car parking nearby in Rye

No booking required.

DONATIONS APPRECIATED.

Partner organisation: Sussex Wildlife Trust

Apr
28
Sun
Event at Ivychurch – Fifth Continent Scheme
Apr 28 all-day

We will be continuing the works at Ivychurch by holding an event on Sunday 28 April to plant a Lavender boarder. The event will include a plant sale, and tea and cakes.

More event details: to follow

More project details: Visit the Sentinels on the Marsh – other activitiesproject page.

May
4
Sat
Wildlife Watch – Partner organisation SWT
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Monthly club for children aged 5-11 offering a chance to find out more about the natural world and the special wildlife we find at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Each session will have a different theme and will include exploring the reserve, playing games, craft activities and learning how to help wildlife thrive.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Meet at: Rye Harbour village car park TN31 7TX

Cost: Members £5 per child; Non-members £7 per child

Booking:  Booking is essential via partner organisation website.

Partner organisation: Sussex Wildlife Trust

May
5
Sun
Waderwatch – Partner organisation SWT
May 5 @ 4:30 am – 8:00 am

Celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day with an early morning walk to listen to some birdsong and spot a wide range of wading birds. Donations appreciated.

Meet at: Rye Harbour village car park TN31 7TX

Booking: No booking required.

Partner organisation: Sussex Wildlife Trust

May
11
Sat
Castle Water Wildlife Walk – Partner organisation SWT
May 11 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A walk to Camber Castle with an opportunity to look inside and visit the birdwatching hide overlooking Castle Water, looking for ducks, Cormorants and egrets, listening for warblers and hopefully a cuckoo. Donations appreciated.

Meet at: Brede Lock, car parking nearby in Rye

Booking: No booking required.

Partner organisation: Sussex Wildlife Trust

 

May
12
Sun
Overlooked Mammals of Kent – Fifth Continent scheme
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This event will be a mix of field work to survey the site for mammals using specialist humane trapping techniques to allow us to capture, study and then re-release before moving into the classroom to learn more about our native small mammal species and help develop ID skills.

Leader: Jon Bramley

Location: Romney Marsh Visitor Centre

This wildlife event contributes to the Fifth Continent Monitoring the Marsh project – click here from more information about the project.

May
13
Mon
Monthly Recording Task Day – Fifth Continent scheme
May 13 all-day

The monthly recording task days will take place every second Monday of the month.

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.

Location: Different site each month.

For more information including start time and the site location for this month: Contact Stan at the Fifth Continent team.

For project information: Visit the Monitoring the Marsh project page.

May
18
Sat
An Introduction to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve – Partner organisation SWT
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This is the first in a series of three walks that aim to introduce people to the nature reserve and its wildlife, and perhaps take you to a part of the reserve you have never visited before. This walk will explore the southern part of the reserve, looking at wildlife on the saltmarsh and on Wader, Quarry and Ternery Pools where there will be many seabirds nesting.

Donations appreciated.

Meet at: Rye Harbour village car park TN31 7TX

Booking: No booking required.

Partner organisation: Sussex Wildlife Trust

May
22
Wed
Soap Felting Workshop – Fifth Continent funded scheme
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Soap Felting Workshop

Location: The Computer Lady, New Romney

Cost: These sessions are free and funded through the Fifth Continent Landscape Scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery.

Booking: Prior booking essential – limited places. Please contact Caroline  (Shabby-Ewe) on 07570033384 to book your place.

 

 

Exhibitions

  • Seaweeds exhibition at Romney Marsh Visitor Centre – This exhibition will be fully open to the public from 1 April 2019  onwards during the times the visitor information centre is open. It will give visitors the chance to learn a bit more about the seaweeds we find around the coast of Kent and learn how they have been used for centuries to make everything from medicines and other health care products through to food items.

Programme of more events in 2019

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.

A programme of more events in 2019 has been drawn up for the Monitoring of the Marsh project, which will include a packed schedule of wildlife training events and exhibitions, including:

July:

  • An Introduction to Habitat Survey and Assessment
  • Batty about Bats!
  • Kent Field Club Outing
  • A wildlife walk along the Royal Military Canal

August:

  • Life IN the Shingle: The international importance of Dungeness
  • Family Nature Crafts

September:

  • Overlooked Mammals of Kent

 

Please re-visit the What’s On page for more details on the above planned events. There will also be a number of other free events taking place during 2019, so please check back regularly.