What we have – mapping existing areas of importance
In the first step, existing areas that are of particular importance for biodiversity will be mapped. What can be mapped at this stage is strictly defined by the LNRS regulations and guidance – therefore the “Areas of Particular Importance for Biodiversity” (APIB) data layer will consist of national conservation sites, local nature reserves, local wildlife sites and irreplaceable habitats. The intention of this approach is to establish a nationally consistent baseline map of areas whose particular importance is already recognised and protected. This will to help LNRS align with local planning policy, integrate well with other environmental and land use policies and avoid duplication.
Although it won’t be included in this baseline map, during this stage of the work we will also identify other sites that may sit outside these defined areas but we know locally to be significant to our county’s nature resource – this mapping will help inform the spatial priorities of the LNRS.
The APIB map can be viewed online. Please give the maps plenty of time to load in new layers. Certain layers could take up to a minute to load (depending on the complexity) – Kent Wildlife Trust have attempted to preserve as much detail as possible for thorough inspection of the APIB.
You can also view the APIB in a document, which includes background to its development.
Indicative work timeline
Start inital work mapping
Map areas of particular importance for biodiversity.
Presentation of draft areas of particular importance for biodiversity map
Draft map shared with stakeholders.
“Areas of Particular Importance for Biodiversity” (APIB) data layer.
State of Nature in Kent
This landmark report is available here and features over sixty contributors across seven chapters. It will be used to inform development of the Kent and Medway Nature Recovery Strategy.