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Sheppey Shorelines – July 2018

Thanks to the generous support of the Queenborough Fishery Trust, we will be hosting a weekend of events to celebrate the Isle of Sheppey’s coastline, together with the publication our new family guide to its foreshore. All events are FREE.



Friday 20thJuly

Warden Beach Clean – Join Ian Arnell (Swale BC’s Seafront Officer) to help clean up the shoreline at Warden beach. Please wear suitable clothing. All equipment will be provided. NO NEED TO BOOK

Location – Meet at the car park in Cliff Drive, ME12 4PJ

Time – 10am until 12pm

Contact – IanArnell@swale.gov.uk for further information


Saturday 21stJuly

Explore ElmleySituated on the southern side of the island, Elmley is an independent nature reserve and farm, where conservation and farming go hand in hand. Join us for a walk around the reserve to discover its unique wildlife and history. Numbers are limited to 10 attendees with the usual £5 parking fee  generously waivered by the reserve.

You can find out more about the reserve here: www.elmleynaturereserve.co.uk

Location – Car park, Elmley National Nature Reserve ME12 3RW

Time – 10.00am until 12.30pm

Contact – msep@medway.gov.uk to reserve your place.


Bee Roads As part of the Buzz for the Coast, join project officer Rosie Earwaker for a walk along one of the project’s Bee Roads, discovering some of the fascinating bumblebees, hoverflies and other pollinators that call this roadside nature reserve home. NO NEED TO BOOK

Location – Meet at Shingleback car park (ME12 2TE) on the north side of Marine Parade

Time – 2pm until 3.30pm

Contact – Rosie.Earwaker@kentwildlifetrust.org.uk for further information.


Creative Coast for familiesJoin artist Laurie Harpum and the partnership’s Guardians of the Deep Project officer Belinda Lamb, for rock pooling and clay art. NO NEED TO BOOK

Location – Minster Leas (look for the Guardians of the Deep flag and gazebo on the beach between The Sweet Hut and the Little Oyster cafe)

Times – 11am onwards

Contact – msep@medway.gov.uk for further information.


Sunday 22ndJuly

Shorebirds, seals & seaweeds (11am – 2pm) –  Three talks about what to look out for around Sheppey’s coastline. All talks are free (donations welcome). NO NEED TO BOOK

11.00am, Bird life of our Shorelines by Simon Ginnaw (local Ornithologist, Environmental Educator, and Tour Leader). Find out about the variety of birdlife found around our shorelines, discover their diverse forms, fascinating lives and wonderful sounds.

12pm, Marine mammals of Kent by Zoe Stevenson (KWT, Guardians of the Deep Project Officer). Although the county is not famous for marine mammals, several species make their home here. From the shy harbour porpoise, to the ‘awww’ inducing seal species, there is loads to learn about these special animals.

1.00pm, The seaweeds of Kent (with special reference to Sheppey) by Ian Titley (former curator and researcher at the Natural History Museum). Of the 278 species of seaweed known in Kent,  79 have been recorded for Sheppey. Come and find more about which ones they are and why there’s more to seaweeds than you might realise. Following the talk, Ian will lead a guided walk along the nearby beach.

Location – The Abbey Room, Sheppey Healthy Living Centre, Off the Broadway, Sheerness ME12 1HH

Contact – msep@medway.gov.uk for further information.


Treasure, Slavery, Castles and Shanties – The Queenborough Treasure Trail – Join Sam the Shantyman and his long lost love, Lil as they walk you  through the fascinating history of Queenborough in word and song. Be prepared to walk and sing! Booking Advisable

Location – Meet outside The Flying Dutchman PH, Queenborough High Street, ME11 5AA

Times – 1pm until 2pm (approx)

Contact – Geoff Reed on 07775712306 to book.


Creative Coast for families Join artist Laurie Harpum and the partnership’s Guardians of the Deep Project officer Belinda Lamb for a seashore scavenge followed by Beach and Clay Art. NO NEED TO BOOK

Location –Leysdown Beach (look for the Guardians of the Deep flag and gazebo on the beach close to the lay-by on the Shellness Road)

Times – 12pm onwards

Contact – msep@medway.gov.uk for further information.


Listening:Drawing – Artist Jane Pitt will lead attendees in an experience of 360 listening experience, combined with hand drawn interpretation of the immediate soundscape.  You will produce graphic notations of the sonic moment. Please bring along a sketchbook if you can, although paper and pencils will be available. NO NEED TO BOOK

Location – Leysdown Beach (look for the Guardians of the Deep flag and gazebo on the beach close to the lay-by on the Shellness Road)

Times – 12pm until 1pm and 1.30pm until 2.30pm

Contact – msep@medway.gov.uk for further information.







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