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Kent Biodiversity Action Plan Newsletter

News

Outbreak of Asian longhorn beetle

An outbreak of the Asian longhorn beetle (ALB), an exotic beetle pest which could have severe consequences for British trees, has been found in a site in the Paddock Wood area the Food and Environment Research Agency confirmed on Wednesday 28th of March 2012. This is the first time an outbreak of this pest has been found in the UK and it is being treated extremely seriously. Fera and the Forestry Commission are taking urgent steps to try to eradicate the outbreak before it has the chance to spread further afield.

Read the full press release here.

Habitats and Wild Birds Directives Implementation Review

The Government published the report of the "Habitats and Wild Birds Directives Implementation Review" on 22 March. This includes the actions that Government will take, in partnership with the public, private and voluntary sectors, to improve implementation.

In November 2011 the Government announced a review of the Habitats and Wild Birds Directives, as currently implemented in England, with a view to reducing burdens on business while maintaining the integrity of the purpose of the Directives. The Review found that in the large majority of cases the implementation of the Directives is working well, allowing both development of key infrastructure and ensuring that a high level of environmental protection is maintained. However, some cases do encounter delays, although the Habitats and Wild Birds Directives may only be one contributory factor.

From the evidence received and analysis undertaken, the Review identified four key areas where change will improve the implementation of the Directives for the benefit of both the economy and the environment:

  • Facilitating nationally significant infrastructure projects.
  • Improving implementation processes and streamlining guidance.
  • Improving the quality, quantity and sharing of data.
  • Improving the customer experience.

Defra Ministers will be holding a meeting for stakeholders in September 2012 to assess how far the recommendations of the Review have been delivered.

A Space for Nature at the Heart of the County Town

Nestling amongst a brutal concrete and tarmac townscape of supermarket car parks, loading bays, tower blocks and a dual carriage-way fly-over in the heart of the County Town lays one of Kent’s best kept wildlife secrets. The River Len Nature Reserve is small (just under 3 hectares), yet very well connected, linked to surrounding urban green space in the form of some delightfully unkempt back gardens, council allotments, the wooded embankment of the main London to Ashford railway line and 180 hectare Mote Park.

Read more

Biodiversity News

Issue 56 of the UKBAP Biodiversity News newsletter is now available from here

Reports

State of Kent's Species

The recently reviewed State of Kent’s Wildlife is now available from our website. The document provides an outline of the changing fortunes of Kent’s wild plants and animal over the last century and it now has a new section on Marine Wildlife.

Heath Fritillary in the Blean Woodlands

2011 Status Report is available from here.

New Green Roof Guidance

Buglife has just issued a best practice document to provide practical advice and inspire people to create green roofs for wildlife. The document is available from here.

Projects

‘Thames Gateway Buzz’ and Bees for Everyone – Bumblebee Conservation Trust

A new Conservation Officer, Sam Page, is working to safeguard rare bumblebee populations in the South East, with particular focus on North Kent, South Essex and the Thames Gateway. Sam aims to work with partners and land managers to create and enhance habitat for bumblebees by providing advice and support on bumblebee-friendly habitat management, as well as delivering local awareness-raising events. The project is funded by The Co-operative and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

If you would like information or advice on how to manage your land for bumblebees, please contact Sam on 01580 879957 or sam.page@bumblebeeconservation.org

Events

Techniques and approaches for assessing the importance of invertebrates in Environmental Impact Assessments

Convenors - John Badmin (Royal Entomological Society) and Nick Jackson (Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management). Offers to present welcome.

Wednesday 10th October 2012, Brogdale, Faversham. For further details contact: jbadmin@btinternet.com tel: 01227 752291.

Kent Wildlife Conference, Saturday 20th October, University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime.

Provisional title: 'Hothfield Common and Heathlands in Kent'. A Kent Field Club meeting. Convenors: John Badmin and Richard Moyse.

For further details contact: jbadmin@btinternet.com tel 01227 752291 and Richard.Moyse@plantlife.org.uk

Planning Research Conference

This national conference will be held 11-13 April, University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb Campus For more information visit the conference's website.

The Catchment Based Approach- First Steps in Integrated Working, Delivery for Water and Land use Realising Multiple Benefits.

April 25th 2012 London, SOAS, University of London - A Defra - CIWEM Conference

This conference is FREE to attend, but you need to book.

In 2011 the Government and its major environmental agencies embarked upon a major change to the way it wanted to see delivery of the Water framework Directive. In particular it is looking to deliver plans and measures at a local level with the active engagement of a wide range of stakeholders and communities.

The aim of this conference is to share the learning emerging from the early stages of this process, consider the major objectives of the WFD programme in 2012, in particular how plans will link together, and then a range issues that will help inform the roll out of the approach from 2013 and beyond, including funding, information provision and integration.

Please send in news, articles or any event details for the next edition by the 27th of April 2012

Kent Biodiversity Partnership c/o Kent County Council | Tel: 01622 221537 | info@kentbap.org.uk

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