Volunteering with the OCND

Old Chalk New Downs has supported individual volunteers and groups within the project area.  Training, upskilling, and providing resources to enhance downland habitats.  
Volunteer training has included:

  • Chalk grassland surveying
  • Hedgerow surveying and tree identification
  • Butterfly identification 
  • First aid training
  • Brushcutter training
  • Hedgelaying 
  • Pollinator survey technique training

 

Feedback from volunteer training
“[the hedgerow survey] training was very good and I’m looking forward to the opportunity of doing hedgerow surveys.”
“[pollintator survey technique training] fantastic course, well presented.  I feel confident to use the skills learnt.”

 

Volunteer groups and volunteering organisations supported by the Old Chalk New Downs Project

  • West Kent Downs Countryside Trust
  • New Ash Green Woodland Group
  • Walderslade Woods Group
  • Medway Ramblers 
  • Young Farmers Association
  • Leybourne Lakes Country Park 
  • Medway Valley Countryside Partnership
  • North West Kent Countryside Partnership
  • Kent Wildlife Trust

Training with the OCND

Old Chalk New Downs has supported landowners, land managers and countryside professionals working within the project area to develop their knowledge of land management techniques and species and habitat surveying.  
Training courses have included

  • Conservation grazing 
  • Outdoor First Aid
  • LANTRA Use of Brushcutter & Strimmers
  • NPTC Tractor Driving
  • Hedgelaying
  • Ecological Report Writing
  • Chalk grassland condition assessment
  • Ecosystems Services
  • Introduction to GIS

 

Feedback from land manager training events
“[The conservation grazing event] was really interesting and informative…it will be helpful for future for conservation grazing discussions with land managers to protect sites.”
“[The chalk grassland survey training] was very useful.  And the bonus of meeting conservation grazing experts was also insightful into the relationship and timing of grazing for chalk grassland management.”

 

…[the hedgerow survey] training was very good and I’m looking forward to the opportunity of doing hedgerow surveys.

Volunteer feedback