State of Kent's Nature

The State of Kent’s Wildlife report 2011 was prepared by Kent natural historians to give an outline of the changing fortunes of Kent’s wild plants and animals over the last century. It was intended to provide a context for, and to inform, on-going action to protect and restore the county’s wildlife and wild places.

In 2020, Kent Wildlife Trust were commissioned to update this report to a new and refreshed perspective of how biodiversity is faring. Kent’s Conservation Landscape Tool is being used to capture your organisations informationr for this report (more information below).

  The new report will:

  • Provide a reporting mechanism for the new Kent Biodiversity Strategy
  • Build on the existing evidence base by drawing together information on the area of land managed positively for wildlife and the status of species.
  • Provide a mechanism for demonstrating collective action for nature, within the KNP and beyond.
  • Deliver a stronger evidence base that will provide an enhanced mechanism for representing the environment in decision making and risk management.
  • Strengthen the basis for advocacy and funding.
  • Look to align better (where possible) with regional reporting, such as the national State of Nature report.
  • Look to develop an ongoing monitoring framework that provides better trend evidence.

The project commenced in September and will publish its findings in the summer of 2021.

Background on Kent’s Conservation Landscape Tool:

This allows anyone to view the patchwork of projects currently underway across the county and aims to enable those delivering these projects to better understand what kindred organisations are currently working on, as well as highlighting future opportunities for collaboration.  It also allows the area of land in Kent and Medway managed positively for wildlife to be measured and reported.  It will allow better informed reporting against targets in the Kent Biodiversity Strategy, the Kent Environment Strategy and other monitoring such as KCC’s Single Data List 160 reporting and the State of Nature in Kent report.