Kent Wildlife Trust employs a marine conservation officer and runs an active marine programme in addition to its long- established terrestrial work.
Runs the Kent part of the national Seasearch programme of training courses and diving surveys for recreational divers to record seabed habitats and species; with a long-term view to identifying sites of particular marine wildlife value, and mapping subtidal seabed habitats.
Runs a programme of training and organised events to record intertidal habitats and species around the Kent coast, also providing field training in species identification and surveys.
Marine Legislation and Policies
Works to influence the policies and laws that affect wildlife habitats and species in the marine environment and the wider countryside.
Coastal and Offshore Developments
Works to influence coastal and offshore developments, including windfarms.
Employs a Thames Gateway Officer to help ensure sustainability and wildlife conservation considerations are incorporated into the new developments.
Marine Sand and Gravel Extraction
Through the Wildlife Trusts’ South East Marine Programme, works with the marine aggregates industry to reduce effects on sea life.
Works to encourage sustainable fisheries.
Marine Awareness and Education
Runs an active marine and wildlife awareness and education programme, reaching both children and adults.
Encourages participation in marine recording and conservation projects, and promotes lifestyle choices to reduce impacts on marine wildlife.
Owns and manages 55 nature reserves, including two important stretches of Kent’s coast, at Pegwell Bay and South Swale.
Runs five visitor centres, including the coastal Reculver Country Park Interpretive Centre.
Biodiversity Action Plans
Acts as lead partner for the Marine and Sabellaria reefs Habitat Action Plans within the Kent Biodiversity Action Plan; and participates in the South East Region Marine Habitat Action Planning Group, and subgroups of the England Biodiversity Group.
Delivering innovative, exciting and sustainable new developments and creating vibrant new communities is what the Thames Gateway is all about. A keystone of this approach is effective and targeted action to conserve and enhance the Gateway’s rich natural heritage. To make this work effectively – and cost-effectively – the regeneration sector needs access to the best guidance and advice. Wildlife Gateway delivers this. The website provides access to up-to-date information and guidance on planning, design and management for biodiversity. Sources of information have been selected especially for their relevance to the regeneration of Thames Gateway, but many will also be useful throughout the South East. Wildlife Gateway has been created by the Wildlife Trusts in Thames Gateway as part of their commitment to high quality regeneration which delivers for people and wildlife. See www.wildlifegateway.org.uk