By Marie Dipple, Assistant Ecologist at Kent Wildlife Trust Consultancy Services In 2019-2020 Kent Wildlife Trust (KWT) Consultancy services undertook work as part of the RAPID (Reducing and Preventing Invasive Non-Native Species Dispersal) LIFE project; a DEFRA funded initiative that aims to raise awareness about and reduce the impact, spread and establishment of invasive species in aquatic environments across England. RAPID LIFE is a three-year project (2017-2020) piloting innovative approaches to Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) management in freshwater aquatic, riparian and coastal environments; it is coordinated through the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). The work delivered by KWT Consultancy
By Marie Dipple, Assistant Ecologist at Kent Wildlife Trust Consultancy Services As Assistant Ecologist for the Kent Wildlife Consultancy Services, I was invited to the University of Birmingham’s Greener Prospects event to give a talk to students from the Life and Environmental Sciences about my career in conservation and now, ecology. Here is a rundown of the topics covered on the day and an insight into this exciting career journey. I opened my talk at the University of Birmingham’s Greener Prospects event by giving students a picture of my career to date, which has at times seemed a little wild!
By Evan Bowen-Jones, Chief Executive at Kent Wildlife Trust Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is coming, and it’s coming fast. With it comes huge opportunity and significant risk. Either way, it’ll be one of the biggest changes to UK conservation funding for decades. So what is it? BNG is due to be made mandatory under the new Environment Bill this year, and it means that developers who want to build houses, will – for the first time – have to “leave biodiversity in a better state than [they] found it”. This means that they will have to quantify their anticipated impact