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Kent Biodiversity Action Plan Newsletter

Reports

Impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review on Park Services

GreenSpace has published their interim report about the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) on parks services. the report is available here .

GreenSpace still collecting data for the main report and if you can find time to complete the short survey please follow this link to do so

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News

Predator fish kept illegally Environment Agency first prosecution under ILFA

The first prosecution by the EA under the Import of Live Fish Act, which exists to protect native populations from the damage caused when non-natives are introduced, such as through spread of disease and preying on native species. The Act covers both deliberate and accidental introductions of non-native species such as this by ensuring people are covered by an appropriate licence to keep or introduce non-native species. Follow this link to read the full story:

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Policy and Legislation

European Commission adopts an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new strategy to halt the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the EU by 2020. There are six main targets, and 20 actions to help Europe reach its goal. Biodiversity loss is an enormous challenge in the EU, with around one in four species currently threatened with extinction and 88% of fish stocks over-exploited or significantly depleted.

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Red Tape Challange

The Coalition Government, under its Red Tape Challenge are asking people to tell them what ‘red tape’ is unnecessary and in response the Government will reduce the burden of regulation.

Within the challenge there is a specific section on Biodiversity , Wildlife Management, Landscape, Countryside and Recreation. A whole raft of regulations could be scrapped if a strong objection is not registered, impacting on the nation's biodiversity and our work.

You can either respond individually or you can sign up to 38degress campaign .

Newsletters

May 2001 Newsletter for the North West Kent Countryside Partnership.

The Spring Edition of Biodiversity News is now available

Events

Kent Biodiversity Partnership Annual Forum Monday 12 September 2011, County Hall, Maidstone.

Please add this date in your diaries

Kent Coastal Conference Tuesday 22 November 2011

Wildlife Gardening Forum Conference June 8th

There will be a number of important talks in the morning, including the results from the London Gardens Research Project which were embargoed at the last meeting. In the afternoon, we will (at last) take a proper look at the superb Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum, with a number of guided walks and other activities. Hopefully these will include a launch of the new OPAL Invertebrate Survey, in which the Forum is one of the project partners. Early June will be a superb time to see the garden which is full of interesting habitats and features.

Cost per delegate £25, which includes a decent (vegetarian friendly) sandwich lunch and refreshments through the day. Any surplus will go to build the Forum's (small) reserves.

Provisional Programme

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

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

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