Secret world discovered beneath cliffs between Folkestone and Dover

Contributed by editor on Jun 16, 2016 - 07:56 PM

Youngsters from St Martin's School Dover were amazed to find a secret world hidden at the foot of the cliffs at Samphire Hoe.



...  bush crickets, hunting spiders, micro moths and many other mini beasts  .....

A mini beast safari and a hunt for the best countryside scents were on the bill, allowing the children to find a dazzling array of unexpected wildlife.

They were among the first to take advantage of a special programme of educational visits organised by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership and supported by Affinity Water. WCCP Officer Paul Holt says the diversity of coastal wildlife always fascinates youngsters.

He said: “As soon as we show them how to look closely and carefully they see a range of plants and creatures which they never imagined they could find. It’s a tremendous way to learn about our environment and to understand the importance of conservation work.”

Grasshoppers, bush crickets, hunting spiders, micro moths and many other mini beasts were all found by the children and catalogued and counted before being safely released back into the wild. They also tracked down the best scents of Samphire Hoe produced by a profusion of plants.

WCCP Officer Paul Holt helps identify finds on the mini beast safari

Affinity Water has a dedicated education centre at Bushey in Hertfordshire and is helping WCCP ensure that visits are linked directly to the National Curriculum.


Education Services Manager Hannah Battram said the company was delighted to be able to support the scheme.

“It’s an opportunity for schools to access a unique environment with expert guidance for children. Samphire Hoe also has first rate facilities for school groups with an all-new Education Shelter providing cloakroom facilities and a warm and dry area for lunches and group activities,” she said.

It is hoped that more than 20 primary schools from Folkestone and Dover and surrounding areas will make visits to Samphire Hoe.


Photo of Amber McConnell (aged 8), Lori Palmer and Caitlin Foster (both aged 9) finding aromatic plants is at the top of the page


Find out more from WCCP on 01304 225649 or email

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For further information please contact Nigel Beaven or Kevin Barton on 01707 277110, email: 


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