Biodiversity Opportunity Areas
The BOAs were developed as a spatial framework for the previous Biodiversity Strategy (published in 2015 and now superseded) to indicate where the delivery of Kent Biodiversity Strategy targets should be focused in order to secure the maximum biodiversity benefits. However the BOAs remain as a useful indicator of where the greatest gains can be made from habitat enhancement, restoration and recreation, as these areas still offer the best opportunities for establishing large habitat areas and/or networks of wildlife habitats. As such, they will be useful to local planning authorities in the development and delivery of Green Infrastructure and resilient ecological networks . The BOA statement documents provide guidance on the conservation priorities which should be adopted in each area.
Over the course of the next year (2020-21) the BOAs will be considered within a wider mapping exercise to develop a Nature Recovery Network for the county. The BOAs will either be updated accordingly or replaced in a new presentation.
Dover & Folkstone Cliffs & Downs
Statement/Map to come