FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions - Picture © Anne Padely

What is the Kent Biodiversity Partnership?

It is a broad network of organisations, each with a common focus for biodiversity conservation in Kent. The Partnership works together to:

  1. co-ordinate the Kent Biodiversity Action Plan (Kent BAP);
  2. develop partnership initiatives for the conservation of biodiversity;
  3. ensure biodiversity is at the heart of our aim for a more sustainable future for Kent.

What is the Kent Biodiversity Action Plan (Kent BAP)?

The Kent BAP is formed of 28 Habitat Action Plans (HAPs). Each Plan sets out the projects and initiatives that will be taken forward in partnership to conserve, enhance and restore the UK BAP priority habitats in Kent.

Why do we have a Kent BAP?

There are many reasons why the Kent Biodiversity Partnership has developed a Kent BAP. For more information on the international, national and local drivers, click here.

What is the relationship between a County BAP and a National BAP?

The County BAP in Kent sets out how local partners, forming the Kent Biodiversity Partnership, plan to maintain, restore and protect all UK BAP priority habitats found in Kent. The achievements of the Kent BAP directly contribute to National BAP targets.

What is a Kent Habitat Action Plan (HAP)?

A Kent Habitat Action Plan (HAP) is a document that sets out the initiatives that partners plan to take forward together for the conservation of a UK BAP priority habitat in Kent.

Why are there so many partners involved in the Kent Biodiversity Partnership?

Biodiversity conservation in Kent is not the sole responsibility of any single organisation: everyone has a part to play. The Kent Biodiversity Partnership brings together all organisations and individuals with an interest in biodiversity conservation. The Partnership relies on the contributions of stakeholders and volunteers to implement the Kent BAP.

What is the legal status of the Kent BAP?

UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority habitats and species, as well as the policies of the England Biodiversity Strategy can be material considerations when preparing regional spatial strategies and local development documents. Hence the potential impact of development on UK BAP priority habitats and species can be a consideration in planning decisions.

Where can I get data on the species we have in Kent?

For more information on the species we have in Kent and where you can find them, contact the Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre (K&MBRC).

What is a Species Action Plan (SAP)?

A Species Action Plan (SAP) sets out what needs to be done to reverse the decline in numbers of a specific UK BAP priority species that is considered to be globally threatened and/or rapidly declining in the UK.

Why are there no Species Action Plans in Kent?

The Kent Biodiversity Partnership has made habitats its focus for conservation in the Kent BAP. In doing so, the Partnership aims to provide a range of sites for many different kinds of wildlife in Kent.

How can I send you my views on one of the Kent Habitat Action Plans?

You can send us your comments and thoughts on any one of the Kent Habitat Action Plans (HAPs) at any time by going to the corresponding HAP page and clicking on 'send us your feedback'. The Kent BAP Co-ordinator will respond to your email having liaised with the relevant lead-partner organisation.

If you can not find the answers to your questions on this site, contact the Kent BAP Co-ordinator, who will be pleased to help.

Where can I find further information on how my company can do more for biodiversity in Kent?

There are a number of places to go for further information. Go to the Get Involved section for ideas on how businesses in Kent can make a difference for biodiversity.

Can I be the business champion for a Kent Habitat Action Plan (HAP?

If you represent a business carrying out land management for the benefit of a UK BAP priority habitat, you may like to discuss with the Kent BAP Co-ordinator how you can develop a formal affiliation with the Kent Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP).

If you are a business and would like to sponsor one or more of the projects contained within a Kent HAP, contact the Kent BAP Co-ordinator to discuss your ideas.

How do I find out which UK BAP priority habitats are near me?

Contact the Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre (K&MBRC) for a detailed map of where there are UK BAP priority habitats near you (sourced from the Kent Habitat Survey 2003); Go to http://www.kent.gov.uk/klis to browse important habitats near you and to access maps online.

As a district planning officer, where can I obtain a document that summarises everything I need to know about biodiversity and planning in Kent?

For all you need to know about biodiversity conservation, download Supplementary Planning Guidance for Biodiversity Conservation produced by the Kent Biodiversity Partnership.

As a farmer how can I promote biodiversity on my farm?

Contact the Kent and Sussex Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) to discuss with an advisor the steps you can take to promote biodiversity on your farm.

As a district planning officer, how do I make the links between the Kent BAP and our local community strategy?

For an overview, download a copy of Community Strategies and Kent's Natural Environment. For more detailed advice on how to embed Kent BAP targets in your community strategy, telephone the Kent BAP Co-ordinator.

As a district planning officer, where can I find advice on protected species?

A good source of guidance on protected species is English Nature.

Can I help Kent's biodiversity at home in my garden?

There are many different ways to attract biodiversity to your garden. To find out how:

  • contact the Kent Wildlife Trust for some information sheets. They run a Gardening for Wildlife award scheme in Kent, which you might like to enter;
  • contact English Nature for their information pack on wildlife-friendly gardening;
  • contact the RSPB for more on how you can attract birds to your garden.

Where can I get advice on biodiversity in Kent?

Advice on issues relating to nature conservation is available from many of the members of the Kent Biodiversity Partnership. Should you have any doubt about whom to speak to, contact the Kent BAP Co-ordinator.

What is a Community Strategy?

It should identify how to promote or improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of an area, and contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in the UK. Part I of the Local Government Act 2000 placed on local authorities a duty to prepare Community Strategies.

The Act has given authorities broad new powers to improve and promote local well-being as a means of helping them implement Community Strategies.

A Community Strategy must be linked to the day-to-day activity of the local authority and its partners. It should be central to the authority's planning and resource decisions, ensuring that local priorities and concerns are genuinely reflected in the allocation of resources.