Kent Biodiversity Strategy

Kent Biodiversity 2020 and beyond – a strategy for the natural environment 2015-2025

Action for the natural environment in Kent and Medway will be delivered by many organisations and individuals across all sectors. The Kent Nature Partnership, advised by all partners involved in delivering action, identifies the priorities for the natural environment in Kent and Medway, co-ordinates, facilitates and supports work that contributes to the objectives of the Strategic Framework for the Natural Environment, and ensures that this work is reported to capture the contribution that is being made in Kent and Medway to the England Biodiversity Strategy.

Access the full strategy and targets for all priority habitats here (PDF)

Kent Biodiversity Opportunity Areas

The 2015 BOA maps can be seen as a spatial reflection of the Kent Biodiversity Strategy. They indicate where the delivery of Kent Biodiversity Strategy targets should be focused in order to secure the maximum biodiversity benefits. The BOA maps also show where the greatest gains can be made from habitat enhancement, restoration and recreation, as these areas 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 will provide guidance on the conservation priorities which should be adopted in each area.

This is the revised set of BOAs Maps and Statement which take into account all the comments made during the consultation period early in 2015 and the findings of the 2012 Kent Habitat Survey. The statements and maps below were approved for publication by the Kent Nature Partnership in August 2015.

How should Biodiversity Opportunity Area maps and statements be used?

Central North Downs
Statement / Map

Dover & Folkstone Cliffs & Downs
Statement/Map to come

East Kent Woodlands & Downs
Statement/ Map

Greensand Heaths & Commons
Statement/ Map

High Weald
Statement/ Map

Low Weald Woodlands
Statement/ Map

Lower Stour Wetlands
Statement/ Map

Medway & Low Weald Wetlands and Grasslands
Statement/ Map

Medway Gap & North Kent Downs
Statement/ Map

Mid Kent Downs Woods & Scarp
Statement/ Map

Mid Kent Greensand & Gault
Statement/ Map

North Kent Marshes
Statement/ Map

Romney Marsh & Rye Bay
Statement/ Map

Thames-side Green Corridors
Statement/ Map

Thanet Cliffs & Shores
Statement/ Map

The Blean
Statement/ Map