Quex Park in March

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We saw the beginning of an urgent humanitarian aid project based at Quex Barn,  to help the people of Ukraine. The Little Barn  became a central collection and communication point as donations poured in from all over the district. Volunteers gave up their time too, to sort, pack and then load van loads of aid bound for Ukraine.

This initiative began at Quex Barn, who donated their Small Barn to be a  point for Aid to Ukraine.

The Quex Estates team provided farm tractors and trailers to transport the aid to a collection point where it was loaded, again with a team of volunteers, on to larger trucks which then departed for Poland and Ukraine.


The Comma butterfly making an appearance at Quex Park. It has an unusual appearance with notched wings and an appearance that makes it easy to hide among fallen leaves.

You might see this butterfly in woodlands and the edges of woodlands. Caterpillars enjoy the common nettle.

The Comma butterfly was decreasing in numbers but the good news now is that it is enjoying a revival.


This kestrel, framed against a beautiful blue sky at Quex Park, is taking advantage of its high position to look out for any available food.  Its diet consists of voles, mice and shrews but can also eat insects or worms if voles aren’t available.

Kestrels have the incredible ability to hover as they search for their prey. They seem to defy gravity as they fly into the wind, using their tail and wings to scrutinise the ground with their incredible eyesight. Because they can detect ultraviolet light, this helps them follow urine trails left by unsuspecting smaller creatures, which leads them to their prey.

They are not nest builders but find cavities in trees or spaces in disused buildings that are suitable to rear their young.

The kestrel population has been in decline since the 1970s as access to food declines due to larger spaces being built over. Leaving field margins and nature strips alongside crops enable these birds to find their food again.


Parakeets are a well-known feature of Quex Park and Thanet too. It is believed they became naturalised in the UK, when they were accidentally released from captivity.

Although they are naturally resident in a tropical climate, the parakeet has adapted to life in the UK, and survives the winter due to the availability of nuts, seeds, bird food and fruit.

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