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Kent Biodiversity Action Plan Newsletter

September 2010

News from the Dunes Network

CIRIA will be publicising the newly updated Beach Management Manual with a series of roadshows in Exeter, Southampton, Peterborough, Leeds and London starting in October. Please see the link below or look at our website for more details.

The European Dry Grasslands Group and The European Heathland Network have both been in contact and are keen to align with us as our respective habitats have some commonalities. Have a look at their websites if you are interested and watch this space for future collaborations.

Grasslands
Heathlands

There is still time to express an interest in the Northern Ireland event which takes place on 21st - 22nd October. We will shortly be sending out some details on travel and accommodation to those who would like to go but are dependent on low costs so let us know if you would like to be kept informed, there is no obligation at this stage.

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Free Lecture Organised by the London Natural History Society on Tueday 14th of September at the Darwin Centre

Did you know, for example, that there are over 7,000 different species of fly in Britain? They even beat the beetles!

Erica McAlister, Senior Curator of Diptera, will be giving the Brad Ashby memorial lecture at the annual joint meeting of the LNHS and BENHS in the Neil Chalmers theatre at 6.30 pm on Tues 14th September. If you watched the recent BBC series on the Natural History Museum, you’ll have an idea of the amazing diversity of the work that scientists at the museum are involved in. Erica’s a very lively and enthusiastic entomologist whose work has taken her round the world in search of flies, so her talk should be both entertaining and informative.

The museum closes at 18.00, so entrance to the Darwin Centre will be via the side entrance on Exhibition Road by the Flett Theatre. Please try to arrive before 18.15 so that a member of staff can take you through to the venue.

South East Coppice Conference

The South East Coppice Conference will be held at Lodge Hill, West Sussex, Pulborough on the 6th - 8th October 2010. "The aim of this event is to raise awareness of coppice woodland management, particularly the specialist hazel and chestnut industries in the southeast". If you are interested in attending, attached is a booking form and please contact Debbie Bartlett (details on the form) for more information.

This year's figures are now being collated for the South East England Coppice Survey. Completed forms can also be sent to Debbie Bartlett.

Feedback from both the conference and survey will be presented by Debbie at the next Kent & East Sussex Woodland Forum on the 11th of November, 2010.

Please find attached a booking form and the respose from the SE Coppice Survey

Booking Form (.doc)
Response from SE Coppice Survey (.doc)

Beyond 2010 Conference

  • Natural History Museum, London
  • 16-17 November 2010

Organisers:
UK Environmental Change Network (ECN)
Natural History Museum (NHM)
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)

Through a series of talks from invited speakers this conference aims to:

  • consider current and likely future national requirements for biodiversity monitoring and research;
  • demonstrate the ways in which long-term studies have contributed to our understanding of key biodiversity-related issues;
  • illustrate through case-studies the challenges faced in improving the quality, reliability and efficiency of measurements; data processing, interoperability and analysis; and the communication of results;
  • explore opportunities to improve monitoring capability through recent developments in science, instrumentation, and public participation, and
  • consider the potential for synergies between programmes and future directions for this area of research.
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