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Kent Biodiversity Action Plan Newsletter

Ten Years of Biodiversity Achievements

Compiled by Teresa Bennett this stunning brochure highlights 43 projects from across Kent that made a significant contribution to our BAP and explores the many challenges that lay ahead.

Please contact William.moreno@kent.gov.uk if you want a printed copy (limited copies available) or download your copy here

Kent BAP Project Register

Many thanks to all of you who contributed to the Project Register. The register now has 132 individual entries with the majority of them providing grid reference, project cost and funding source. Thanks to so many projects providing a grid reference I’ll be able to plot them onto a GIS map which will be available via the website shortly.

Although the register is not by all means a comprehensive list of biodiversity work in Kent to date, it provides a good starting point for anyone wanting to develop a project and interested adding on to an existing scheme or wanting to avoiding any duplications. Due to the good response I’ll attempting to keep the register as up to date as possible.

The register is housed here

If you want to submit a project, please complete this form and send to info@kentbap.org.uk

The BCT Bechstein’s Bat Survey Project in Kent

You can download a copy here

For a full report contact the Kent Bat Group

Kent Mammal Group - E-Bulletin 3

Download your copy here E-Bulletin 3

Can farming and wildlife be compatible?

Could farming actually help wildlife to thrive in the countryside in the future?
If we look more closely how government policy drives farming decisions, which then impact on animals and plants, perhaps modern farming methods could do just that according to RELU researchers.

Their research has shown that we shouldn’t assume profits are the only driver for farmers, we have to understand their attitudes as well, and by looking more closely at the prevalence of weeds for example we can begin to identify potential modifications in farming practices that could balance the needs of both food production and wildlife.

RELU's policy and practice note number 23 outlines the implications of the research for future policymaking.

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Ginger is key ingredient in recipe for conserving stag beetles

The humble ginger root could be the key to conserving the UK's largest and most spectacular terrestrial beetle.

Ecologists from Royal Holloway University of London and the University of York have developed a series of new methods to monitor stag beetle numbers including ginger lures to trap adult beetles and tiny microphones to detect sounds made by the larvae in their underground nests.

Conservation efforts have been hampered until now because ecologists lacked a reliable way of monitoring stag beetle numbers.

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This open forum event will bring together the findings of projects designed to make citizens more central in decision-making about land use and the natural environment. Participants will hear about key learning from existing projects and then work in groups to explore particular questions and draft recommendations.

Note that 40 participants will be selected from among ‘applications’ received. Information about the event and how to register to attend can be found here:

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

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