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Summer Programme 2024


Bombs to Birds, Tuesday 20th  August 2024 at 0930.

A guided walk entitled ‘Bombs to Birds’, exploring the Oare /Uplees explosive factories sites.

Duration of walk: 2 hours.  Distance:  Approx 2 miles.

Location: Meet at the Watch House at the northern (seaward end) of Church Road, Oare (KWT Nature Reserve), see photo below.      What3words: muted.jogging.peroxide

Parking: There is a Ringo-style carpark (when the signs are not vandalised) and usually plenty of road side parking. Please do not park in front of field gates.


Toilets: There are no toilets.  There is a toilet in ‘The Café by the Creek’, The Boatyard, Oare Road at the head of Oare Creek, if you buy a coffee.  Why not Grab one on the way home.

OR -  Sainsbury’s supermarket, Bysing Wood Road, also has toilets (5 mins drive away).


Brief History of the Sites

The Cotton Powder Company (CPC) commenced operations in 1873.  It prospered and expanded, eventually covering over 500 acres, with over 200 buildings and employing over 2,000 workers producing many types of explosives.


Explosives Loading Company (ELC) arrived in 1912. Much smaller than the CPC with only about 30 buildings. Its main activity was compressing explosives into shells, torpedoes, bombs and mines.


The two sites were cleared in the 1920s and returned to grazing marsh.


In 1984 Kent Wildlife Trust acquired part of the marsh to manage as a nature reserve.

Summer Challenge 2024

This year’s Summer Challenge is a ‘hotspot’ competition.  This means that images must be taken with part of your anatomy in contact with the ‘hotspot’!


The chosen ‘hotspot’ is the bollard on Whitstable harbour’s East Quay, as marked ‘x’ in the general view of the East Quay below:

The ‘What-3-words’ location is ‘lookout.dentistry.political’. Access to the quay is via the main harbour entrance road to the Longbeach, then through an alleyway between the oyster sheds, signed to ‘The Oyster Shack’ oyster bar on the beach. The ‘hotspot’ enjoys constantly changing activities and moods with near 360 degree views. Your efforts will be viewed at the first meeting of the new season on 9th September.  It will be three entries per member – bring any combination of prints and/or DPIs (on a stick), on the evening.

So – let’s see what we can all do!

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