From the Highlands to Hambrook

 They may be a little bit out of place in the Stour Valley but the highland cattle at Hambrook Marshes have probably never had so much attention as they got at our photography workshop on June 16th. A group of 19 peolple, many of whom were members of the Friends of Hambrook Marshes group, joined our tutor Terry Whittaker for a morning photographing the habitats and wildlife of this wetland alongside the River Stour, a stone’s throw from Canterbury. As well as the bovine residents, some participants got some great shots of basking lizards while others  captured the richness of the wild flower meadows at their best.

Creative fruits of Turner’s Orchard

June 15th saw the first of two Wild Sites workshops for community art groups in Littlebourne near Canterbury.

First it was the turn of the adults, who met at the appropriately named Turner’s Orchard for a morning of landscape painting in watercolour. The great JMW would have been proud of them, painting ‘en plein air’ despite some early rain showers. We are sure you will agree the results were excellent.

This coming Saturday, it’s the turn of the children – members of a village art group for youngsters and pupils from the local primary school.

Drawing on natural inspiration

Drawing from life is always a challenge, particularly if your subject is an animal that can’t be asked to keep still! How to get around this problem was one of the main themes of our day long drawing workshop at the Wildwood British Wildlife Park earlier in June. Tutor Kristiina Sandoe also covered topics like note taking and mammal anatomy, while Suzanne Kynaston, Education Officer at Wildwood, helped participants to learn more about the animals they were sketching.

There’s no doubt who the star performer of the day was! Oakley the tawny owl featured in an animal encounter session that gave everyone taking part a chance to make a more detailed study, and the results were some really lovely drawings.

A family friendly version of this event will run in August.
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Delightful Denge

It may not have the most appealing name, but Denge Woods between Chilham and Crundale is one of the most beautiful woodland sites in Kent. That’s why we chose it as the venue for our first photography workshop on May 19th. Participants have been sending us their photos from the day and the results are simply stunning – thanks to all those who have contributed. Click on the link below to see the full gallery.

Denge Wood gallery