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Kent Biodiversity Action Plan Newsletter

Reports

Defra– Definition and mapping of open mosaic habitats on previously developed land

Open Mosaic Habitats on Previously Developed Land (aka Brownfield) have recently been included in the new list of UKBAP priority habitats and species. This project aims to provide an agreed definition of this habitat type to aid ‘identification on the ground’; determine the extent, distribution and quality of all of the habitat in the UK and provide a comprehensive list of species of conservation importance associated with it.

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Habitat Banking Report

The Economics for the Environment Consultancy and Climate Change Capital have produced a report which notes the failure to meet EU targets for halting biodiversity loss by 2010 and recommends the introduction of a habitat banking system to generate the capital needed to protect and restore habitats and species.

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Community Adaptation Through Green Infrastructure

The North West Climate Change Action Plan have produced training to engage community groups around climate change adaptation and how local green infrastructure helps neighbourhoods become more resilient.

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Projects

ARCH Kent Habitat Survey

In order to have an accurate record of the extent of Kent's priority habitats, we have a team of five field surveyors who will be visiting a selection of sites between 1st April and 30th September 2011.

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Footprints in the Sands Project

Local people can learn more about the wonders of Thanet’s natural coastline, thanks to almost £100,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. Footprints in the Sand is a new initiative from the Thanet Coast Project that aims to get people of all ages and to encourage people who do not usually visit natural places, to access and enjoy the Thanet Coast and learn about the benefits they can get from it.

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Medway Valley Countryside Partnership- Adders (Vipera berus) on the Downs

The primary objective is to build upon existing Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG) work for developing predictive tools for the assessment and encouragement of this BAP species.

The following secondary objectives have also been identified:

  • Increase knowledge of adder distribution in those 1km squares currently identified as not occupied within the survey area.
  • Initiate a dialogue with landowners to improve habitat and habitat linkages for reptiles (targeting areas and links for reptile dispersal).
  • Collect site level data for the existing Habitat Survey Indicator (HSI) tool for adders.
  • Create a translation of the methodology used for the survey, its results and the HSI tool for our French Interreg partners.

Our survey project area is with the Kent Downs AONB, where it intersects with the boroughs of Maidstone and Tonbridge & Malling plus the boundary areas of the AONB immediately abutting this zone. The survey will help to provide good data so we can target subsequent action most effectively.

If you, or someone you know might be interested in helping with the surveying then please contact mark.pritchard@kent.gov.uk or andrea.griffiths@kent.gov.uk or call 01622 683695.

Collaborative conservation

Relu’s Collaborative conservation in Agri-Environment Schemes project is holding a workshop on Thursday 14th July at Newcastle University to discuss preliminary findings and to kick off a dissemination programme.

Spaces are limited; please contact Jeremy Franks for information J.R.Franks@ncl.ac.uk

Relu researchers lead major NERC initiative

Relu researchers Dave Raffaelli and Piran White, who are based in the Environment Department at the University of York, are now leading a major NERC thematic programme on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS). Over the next 5 years, £13 million will be spent on research to develop sustainable solutions for maintaining ecosystem services in the face of increasing and diverse pressures.

Specifically, the programme aims to help us to understand the role of biodiversity in underpinning ecosystem services and benefits across a range of UK landscapes; to identify the relationship between different levels of biodiversity and ecosystem services; to provide tools that help us explore the implications of possible changes in land use and climate on biodiversity and ecosystem services; and to underpin the development of appropriate landscape management strategies that will ensure the sustainable provision of these services and benefits.

KBP Project Register

Don't forget that our project register is a 'living document' so please tell us about your project by completing this form.

The register was last updated on the 16th of February.

Newsletters

Dunes Dunes

The latest edition has a particular focus on shingle.

Events

Royal Entomological Society International Conference

RES Ento 11 International Symposium and National Science Meeting.

7th to the 9th of September 2010 University of Greenwich, Medway Campus

Thanet Coast 2011

Spring into summer events listings

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