KEMERTON CONSERVATION TRUST

 'Conserving wildlife and ancient landscape'

 

Registered Charity Number: 702488 

 
TRUST NEWS & EVENTS

This section is updated regularly and lists all upcoming Trust events and volunteer work party dates. For more information on any dates, or to find out about becoming a volunteer with the trust, please contact Support Coordinator Kate Aubury on 07765 334 776 or by email kate@aubury.co.uk

Upcoming Events

 

 

Member-only Dawn Chorus Walk at Kemerton Lake Nature Reserve - Saturday 6th May at 5.30am

Led by KCT Governor Matthew Darby, this walk will start from the car park area of the reserve located off the B4079 Bredon-Kinsham road. Booking is essential.


Annual Open Day at Kemerton Lake Nature Reserve - Saturday 3rd June. Entry £2 per person (‘Friends of KCT’ & under fives go free). Gates open at 11am.

There will be a refreshments stand, information stand, nature quiz for kids and guided walks as follows:
11.30am - Native Orchids at KLNR – a walk around the reserve focussing on the 9 species of orchid found here led by KCT Chairman Adrian Darby.
2.00pm - Native Orchids at KLNR – a walk around the reserve focussing on the 9 species of orchid found here led by KCT Chairman Adrian Darby.
(Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult).

As we will be walking through sensitive wildlife habitat we regret that no dogs are allowed. Sensible footwear is advisable as the terrain is uneven and can be muddy.

Kemerton Lake Nature Reserve is located between Kemerton, Kinsham, Westmancote & Bredon. There are five footpaths which lead to the reserve from these villages, and we would encourage you to make use of these. There will be limited parking available at the reserve on the day — enter from the B4079 Bredon-Kinsham road.

Volunteer Work Party Dates


  • Saturday 28th January - 10am start, KLNR
  • Saturday 25th February - 10am start, location tbc
  • Saturday 25th March - 10am start, location tbc
  • Saturday 22nd April - 10am start, location tbc
  • Saturday 27th May - 10am start, location tbc
  • Saturday 24th June - 10am start, location tbc
 
News Stories
 

This section is updated regularly and shows the Trust's latest news, as well as the latest edition of the Trust's bi-annual newsletter 'Kemerton Clippings' (to view pdf attachments you will need a pdf reader);


Kemerton Clippings - added 31st January 2017

Please click on the link to view the latest edition of our newsletter.


37th Governors Meeting - 17th October 2016 - added 31st January 2017

The 37th Meeting of Governors took place on 17th October 2016. This annual meeting involves Governors, staff & key volunteers. It is a chance for staff and key volunteers to update the Governors on the previous year's work, discuss any issues or plans for the coming year and set the budget for the next financial year. In addition, the Governors check and approve the annual accounts and the Chairman gives his annual report on activity relating to the trust's previous financial year.

Please click on the link to vew the Chairman's Report & Annual Accounts 2015/16
Please click on the link to view the Conservation Advisor's Report 2015/16
Please click on the link to view the Support Coordinator's Report 2015/16


Kemerton Clippings - added 14th August 2016

Please click on the link to view the latest edition of our newsletter


New Water's Edge Hide opens at KLNR - added 14th August 2016

Our brand new bird hide has opened at Kemerton Lake Nature Reserve. This wonderful amenity is open to the public all year round and can be accessed directly off the public footpath by the lake edge. Please click on the link to view the full project report.


The Breddy Croft Restoration Project completes - added 14th August 2016

A project to enhance and future-proof this small remnant orchard for the rare Mistletoe Marble Moth found there was completed on 31st March 2016. Please click on the link to view the full project report.


Kemerton Clippings - added 31st January 2016

Please click on the link to view the latest edition of our newsletter


36th Governors Meeting - 12th October 2015 - added 31st January 2016

The 36th Meeting of Governors took place on 12th October 2015. This annual meeting involves Governors, staff & key volunteers. It is a chance for staff and key volunteers to update the Governors on the previous year's work, discuss any issues or plans for the coming year and set the budget for the next financial year. In addition, the Governors check and approve the annual accounts and the Chairman gives his annual report on activity relating to the trust's previous financial year.

Please click on the link to vew the Chairman's Report & Annual Accounts 2014/15
Please click on the link to view the Conservation Advisor's Report 2014/15
Please click on the link to view the Support Coordinator's Report 2014/15


Kemerton Clippings - added 19th July 2015

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Kemerton Clippings - added 31st January 2015

Please click on the link to view the latest edition of our newsletter


35th Governors Meeting - 3rd November 2014 - added 31st January 2015

The 35th Meeting of Governors took place on 3rd November 2014. This annual meeting involves Governors, staff & key volunteers. It is a chance for staff and key volunteers to update the Governors on the previous year's work, discuss any issues or plans for the coming year and set the budget for the next financial year. In addition, the Governors check and approve the annual accounts and the Chairman gives his annual report on activity relating to the trust's previous financial year.

Please click on the link to vew the Chairman's Report & Annual Accounts 2013/14
Please click on the link to view the Conservation Advisor's Report 2013/14
Please click on the link to view the Support Coordinator's Report 2013/14



The Ash Bed Restoration Project completes - added 7th October 2014

A one year project which aimed to restore an old coppice remnant woodland on Bredon Hill was completed on 31st July 2014. This small project also included a short trial which aimed to research which grazing animals were doing the most damage to woodland flora and shrubs. Please click on the link to view the full project report.


Kemerton Clippings - added 30th July 2014

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Woodland Shrub & Wildflower Project Completes - added 30th July 2014

A five year project aimed at enhancing some of the younger woodland owned or managed by the Trust was completed on 31st March 2014. This project, which was generously sponsored by four local businesses and individuals has proved a great success. Please click on the link to view the full project report


Kemerton Clippings - added 25th January 2014

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34th Governors Meeting - 5th November 2013 - added 25th January 2014

The 33rd Meeting of Governors took place on 5th November 2013. This annual meeting involves Governors, staff & key volunteers. It is a chance for staff and key volunteers to update the Governors on the previous year's work, discuss any issues or plans for the coming year and set the budget for the next financial year. In addition, the Governors check and approve the annual accounts and the Chairman gives his annual report on activity relating to the trust's previous financial year.

Please click on the link to view the Chairman's Report & Annual Accounts 2012/13
Please click on the link to view the Conservation Officer's Report 2012/13
Please click on the link to view the Support Coordinator's Report 2012/13


Kemerton Clippings - added 10th August 2013

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt Eggcitment Attracts Record Numbers - added 14th April 2013

70 children took part in KCT's 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 30th March at Kemerton Court - a record number for us! After what seems like months of cold, dreary weather, the sun finally made an appearance and, coupled with copious quantities of chocolate eggs, ensured the event was a great success. As always, the egg hunt and nature trail were accompanied by a picture competition. The winner this year was Finlay Horrocks, aged 7, whose wonderfully imaginative picture of a Lesser Spotted Easter Bird is shown here. Congraulations Finlay! The judges had a hard time choosing the winner from a lovely selection of artwork, so all the entries can be viewed here: Easter Egg Competition Pictures


Kemerton Clippings - added 30th January 2013

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33rd Governors Meeting - 5th November 2012 - added 30th January 2013

he 33rd Meeting of Governors took place on 5th November 2012. This annual meeting involves Governors, staff & key volunteers. It is a chance for staff and key volunteers to update the Governors on the previous year's work, discuss any issues or plans for the coming year and set the budget for the next financial year. In addition, the Governors check and approve the annual accounts and the Chairman gives his annual report on activity relating to the trust's previous financial year.

Please click on the link to view the Chairman's Report & Annual Accounts for 2011/12 
Please click on the link to view the Conservation Officer's Report for 2011/12
Please click on the link to view the Support Coordinator's Report for 2011/12


Kemerton Clippings - added 9th February 2012

Please click on the link to view the latest edition of our newsletter: Kemerton Clippings 9 Jan 2012 Email Version.pdf


32nd Governors Meeting - 9th November 2011 - added 13th November 2011

The 32nd Meeting of Governors took place on 9th November 2011. This annual meeting involves Governors, staff & key volunteers. It is a chance for staff and key volunteers to update the Governors on the previous year's work, discuss any issues or plans for the coming year and set the budget for the next financial year. In addition, the Governors check and approve the annual accounts and the Chairman gives his annual report on activity relating to the trust's previous financial year.

Please click on the link to view the Chairman's Report for the 2010/11 Year: Chairman's Report 2010-11.pdf
Please click on the link to view the Conservation Advisor's Report for 2010/11: Conservation Advisor's Report 2010-11.pdf


Kemerton Clippings - added 28th July 2011

Please click on the link to view the latest edition of our newsletter: Kemerton Clippings 8 Jul 11


Awards for All funded project launched on Monday 20th June

On Monday 20th June, KCT officially unveiled an Awards for All lottery-funded project at Kemerton Lake Nature Reserve (KLNR), celebrating with a free Orchid Walk for members and the general public, led by KCT Chairman Adrian Darby and KCT Support Coordinator Kate Aubury.

KCT was awarded a grant of £2104.00 from the Big Lottery Fund through the Awards for All strand towards new maps and signage at Kemerton Lake Nature Reserve in late 2010 and staff and volunteers have been working hard to complete the work in time for the launch in June. We chose June so that attendees could enjoy the wonderful spectacle of native bee, pyramidal and common spotted orchids that flower at the lake at this time.

Kemerton Lake Nature Reserve is very popular with our local communities, but has been lacking in route signage and maps for use by visitors. This grant funding from the lottery has allowed the design and printing of new reserve maps, including a downloadable pdf available on our website for visitors to access, new signage around the reserve marking the permissive footpaths and entrances to the reserve and a new leaflet about the trust for use at events throughout the year. We hope that this new information will allow locals and visitors to enjoy the reserve more fully, whilst also ensuring wildlife and delicate habitats are protected from trespass.

KCT is very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for their generosity in funding this work at KLNR.

Big Lotery Fund


Update on Woodland Shrubs & Wildflower Projects

The Woodland Shrubs & Wildflowers Project was set up in 2009 by KCT Conservation Advisor John Clarke to seek sponsorship for work on improving the shrub layer and ground flora in KCT's younger woodland. The project will run for five years, funded by five local sponsors. Below is an extract from John's recent report to the current Project Sponsors (Cotswold Agricultural Merchants, Bredon Forest School, Stanway Screens & Sharon Priest). KCT is very grateful to the sponsors for their invaluable support.

Work in the woods started in winter 2009-10. Following preparatory work shrubs were planted in KCT’s John Moore Reserve. Bird nest boxes were also repaired and increased in number. A few shrubs were planted around the new glade which is to be used as a reception area at KCT’s Kemerton Lake Nature Reserve and a start was made on planting shrubs in Collins Plantation at the reserve. During winter 2010-11 more shrubs were planted in the John Moore Reserve, in Collins Plantation and in Cherry Orchard Plantation. Each autumn, seed is collected from local shrubs such as Hazel, Privet, Dogwood and Holly and these are grown on in the estate greenhouse or by volunteers. It can take several years before the seeds evolve into shrubs large enough to plant out. All young shrubs need to be protected from grazing by rabbits and deer. The Leaf Litter Trials in the woodlands include translocations of bulbs and seed from within or outside the estate as we seek to establish which woodland plant species can survive in our woodland habitat and then encourage their spread. The trials comprise some small areas fenced off from grazing (cages) and some merely marked by posts. It is hoped that in the future we will raise funding to compile a report on the Leaf Litter Trials.

During all this work we have found time to recycle material from thinning operations in the woods to build Beetle Wigwams, Beetle Lodges and Brush Piles. The latter have since been used for nesting by Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. In 2010 a pair of Treecreeper nested in a Wigwam.

The practical work is led by Alan Marsh, our warden, supported by Kate Aubury’s team of volunteers.

KCT is still hoping to find one more sponsor for this valuable project. If you feel that you, your business or organisation would like to support this project, please contact John Clarke on 01386 725653 or by email on kctoffice@btinternet.com


Easter Egg Hunt is Eggcellent Fun!

45 children turned out for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kemerton Court on Saturday 23rd, accompanied by parents and grandparents. The weather was wonderful and a fabulous morning of egg-hunting resulted in lots of tired but happy children leaving with chocolate eggs clutched in their hands! In addition to the egg hunt and nature trail, KCT held a picture competition, open to all children who attended, and the best pictures submitted are shown here: Easter Egg Competition Pictures.pdf
Congratulations to these budding artists!


Kemerton Clippings

Please click on the link to view the latest edition of our newsletter: Kemerton Clippings 7 Jan 2011


Grant from the Severn Waste Environmental Fund

We have received a grant from the Severn Waste Environmental Fund via Entrust and admistered by ‘Welcome to Our Future’ for £3,000 towards the cost of completing repair works at Beggarboys nature reserve – one of our top wildlife sites. Due to a reduction in Trust funding the reserve had suffered from a lack of management and the weir had fallen into disrepair. An earlier grant from the Severn Waste Environmental Fund allowed us to carry out initial works and to assess other work required. A grant from Cotswold Conservation Board then allowed us to complete Phase 1 of the repairs. This new grant will allow us to complete Phase 2 of the repairs and, with the help of volunteers, resume habitat management.


Grant from Naturesave

Naturesave have offered us a grant of £500 towards a joint project with Buglife on Crayfish conservation. For more details on the crayfish project, take a look at Kemerton Clippings.


Traditional Orchards Project

KCT's Orchard Project ends on 31st March 2011. This has been a hugely successful 2 year project funded by The National Trust. Please click on the link to view our report - 'Traditional Orchards Project on Kemerton Estate'


For older news stories please see our news archive.

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