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


The Countryside Snapshot

As part of our ‘Wildscape’ launch, on Sunday May 5th, people took part in a unique event. The Countryside Snapshot was a synchronised photograph that took place at all our events that day, designed to capture a snapshot of the Stour Valley landscape. We’d like to thank everyone that took part and submitted their photos to us. Here are just some of the wonderful images that were captured that afternoon.

WILDSCAPE was picture perfect

The weather gods smiled on us for both days of the Wildscape launch event. Just over a hundred people took part in the activities, walks and workshops, exploring sites, making art and taking some stunning photos.

Toddler’s Cove was full of families enjoying the sun on Sunday May 5th, and we had lots of takers for the Nature Photography Treasure Hunt through Whitehall Meadow and Hambrook Marshes. On Bingley’s Island participants in the painting workshop were busily creating some beautiful images of this secluded greenspace. Lord Mayor Robert Waters and the Lady Mayoress helped us mark the launch of the project and took part in the Countryside Snapshot at 3pm. People on guided walks at Dering Wood, Jumping Downs and the Heaths Countryside Corridor also took part in this synchronised photograph.

The next day the sun was back hotter than ever at Singleton Environment Centre. Local children enjoyed the nature trail set up by volunteers from the Ashford Community Woodland, then got stuck into creating colourful monoprints. The photography workshop was very popular and everyone came away with lots of technical tips and great images. Walkers at Blean Woods National Nature Reserve and Larkey Valley Woods enjoyed lovely shows of spring wild flowers.

Here are just some of the images from the day:

Wild Sites is go!!!

At last it’s here…This weekend sees the launch of the Wild Sites on Your Doorstep project and YOU are invited!

Our launch event is called WILDSCAPE – it’s a two day festival of activities and guided walks, on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May.

There’s lots going on – a Nature Photo Treasure Hunt at Whitehall Meadow, Canterbury, Childrens Art Activities at Singleton Environment Centre, Ashford, guided walks at six different nature reserves and creative workshops as well.

And don’t forget the Countryside Snapshot, a unique synchronised photo happening at all events at 3pm on Sunday.

See our activities page for full details

There are still place available on the Landscape Painting Workshop in Canterbury on Sunday – call us on 0300 333 6490 (local rate) to book a place.