Information for Landowners

Photo of Bedgebury School parkland (c) Joyce PittBedgebury School parkland (c) Joyce Pitt

It is hoped that owners and managers of Local Wildlife Sites will want to consider wildlife when making their management decisions.

Kent Wildlife Trust is able to provide advice about suitable management to managers and owners of Local Wildlife Sites, and may be able to help find sources of grant aid to support management work. The Trust will provide this help and advice at low cost, or will seek to cover costs through grant aid.

Other organisations, such as the various Countryside Management Partnerships in Kent, may also be able to provide advice on suitable management and grant aid.

What it means to land owners

The designation of land as a Local Wildlife Site does not mean that anyone has rights of access to the site which they would not otherwise have.

Local Wildlife Sites have no protection in law. The owner of land which has been designated as a Local Wildlife Site is not obliged to carry out work to protect or maintain the land’s wildlife interest. However it is hoped that owners and managers of Local Wildlife Sites will want to consider wildlife when making their management decisions.

The Local Planning Authorities in Kent (the County Council, Medway Unitary Authority, and the various district, borough and city councils) recognise the importance of Local Wildlife Sites, and provide protection for them in their various Local Plan documents. Generally, planning policies protect against development which would damage the wildlife interest of any Local Wildlife Site, except where the need for development is so great that it is judged to override that interest.

Help for LWS owners

We are holding a Landowners’/Land managers’ Day with a woodland management theme on Wednesday 18th October 2017 at Selling Village Hall, followed by a walk around Perry Woods in the afternoon.

The programme and booking form can be downloaded below. It is free event with a booking deadline of Tuesday 10th October. Places are limited, with first come first served booking, so please return the booking form promptly to alison.riggs@kentwildlife.org.uk if you are interested.


Owners of Local Wildlife Sites in Kent and Medway may be eligible for free or low cost management advice, assistance with finding grant aid, or help preparing management plans.

Contact Vincent Ganley at Kent Wildlife Trust on 01622 662012.

Downloads

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LWS Owners'/Managers' Day Programme October 2017.pdf523.94 KB
LWS Owner's/Managers' Day Booking Form Oct 2017.doc149 KB