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Kent Biodiversity Action Plan Newsletter

Reports

State of Kent’s Wildlife 2011- Interim report

The picture painted here is far from entirely rosy, but is not all doom-and-gloom. It is recognised, for example, that protection of the best wild places, for example as nature reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, has been successful in protecting some otherwise very threatened habitats…. Report

We hope to have a full report ready by the end of September 2011

A review of the impact of artificial light on invertebrates

Buglife 2011

UK National Ecosystems Assessment

The report launched last week indicates that planning policies should be looked at in the light of the economic benefits which come from green spaces such as parks, forests and lakes.

You can download the Synthesis key findings

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Traditional Orchards Inventory in Kent

I just received the Kent section of traditional orchard inventory compiled by PTES.

The inventory complements other habitat inventories and is available through the Natural England website and via MAGIC

Policy & Legislation

As you all probably know by now, Defra has finally published the Natural Environment White Paper. The paper proposes the creation of 12 wilderness areas and the establishment of up to 50 Local Nature Partnerships plus the set up of several Biodiversity Offsetting projects.

There are several documents of interest but the most relevant to us are:

Information on the Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs)

What does the White Paper mean for you

Nature Improvement Areas

An interesting presentation given by James Vauce (Defra) to the OECD on Biodiversity Offsets in England

But if you feel overwhelmed by all this paperwork but still want to know what's this all about, read this link

Newsletters

Garden Moth Scheme- News weeks 1-9

Kent Mammal Group bulletin- Number 9, June 2011

News

Hedgehog Street

PTES has launched a new national campaign to empower local communities, through volunteer Hedgehog Champions, to take small steps to improve their neighbourhood for hedgehogs. More information can be found here:

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Six ponds and two seasonal wet areas have been created on the edge of Park Farm in the South of Ashford.

Ashford Borough Council has supported and encouraged the development of the wildlife ponds and one recreational pond for dogs. The site, open to all walkers can be traversed using the numerous public footpaths. Tremendous oaks mark the boundaries and sheep graze a large proportion of the site creating a vital link to Ashford’s history as a farming market town.

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Log-piles, Lizards and Newts April 2011

Under the warmth of spring sunshine, Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership volunteers created insect and reptile kingdoms across the Chilston Ponds site. Many trees, boughs and odd branches laid scattered across the Chilston Ponds site creating a maize of obstacles for the tractor-mounted mower to avoid.

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Congratulations

To Fred Booth who has been awarded an MBE for services to wildlife conservation in Kent.

Good Bye

To our Steering Group Chair Richard Moyse who is moving on to much much greener pastures to manage the Rascombe Farm project for Plantlife.

Richard thanks for your help and good luck!

Training & Events

Workshops on Coastal, Marine and Terrestrial Spatial Planning

DICE is hosting these two courses in Canterbury on using Marxan for spatial conservation planning that are being run by PacMARA in early July.

More information here

Kent Biodiversity Partnership Annual Forum

Please note that the date and venue for this year’s annual forum has changed. The Forum will now be held at Brogdale on the 13th of September.

Please pencil in this date in your diaries

Please send in news, articles or any event details for the next edition by Thr 14th of July

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

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