Evidencing Landscape-Scale Conservation
Nature's Sure Connected is an exciting biodiversity monitoring project working in partnership to evidence landscape-scale conservation and secure a wilder future.
We want to figure out how the conservation community can work together and share data to better monitor the state of nature - and the impact of our conservation actions - at a landscape scale. The project will enable us to produce a tested landscape-scale monitoring framework to help us understand the state of nature in the wider landscape.
This project is being led by Kent Wildlife Trust and has been funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Where is the project taking place?
Throughout Kent. The project encompasses the whole of the county of Kent as including landscapes such as the North Downs and the Upper Beult river catchment.
Why did we embark on this project?
Lots of organisations undertake practical conservation work and collect ecological data, but few of us have the time or resources to collect all the data we need, nor to look at the big picture to see what impact our actions are having on biodiversity across landscapes. Nature’s Sure Connected will help conservation organisations to make a huge leap forward in evidencing landscape-scale outcomes of landscape-scale conservation actions.
How are we helping as an organisation?
The project will produce a landscape-scale monitoring framework that can be applied to any landscape-scale conservation scheme, embedded in Kent's conservation community and shared nationally. It will develop approaches to answering 5 key landscape-scale questions that were prioritised by 100 stakeholders (conservation practitioners from across the conservation sector) during our consultation process.
The 5 key areas we are focusing on:
Five key questions were prioritised through consultation with our stakeholders who took part in a questionnaire and a series of workshops. Each question addresses a key theme in landscape-scale conservation.
How can we measure the area of land managed for wildlife at a landscape scale?
How can we measure habitat quality at a landscape scale?
How can we measure connectivity at a landscape scale?
How can we measure species distribution at a landscape-scale?
How can we measure ecosystem functionality at a landscape scale?
You can help us understand what is happening to insect numbers in Kent on any journey you take between June and September 2020 by counting the number of insects that get squashed on your vehicles number plate.
Take part in this survey to help us understand how landscape-scale conservation is restoring connections in the landscape.
Take part in this survey to help us understand how landscape-scale conservation is restoring connections in the landscape for reptiles and other wildlife
Farm Wildlife Surveys
Take part in this survey to help us develop and approach to monitor species distribution in farmed landscapes.
Conservation Evidence Champions
Through the project, Kent Wildlife Trust has achieved accreditation as a Conservation Evidence Champion.
Kent Wildlife Trust is the first Wildlife Trust, and first organisation in Kent to achieve accredited status as an Evidence Champion, working closely with the Cambridge University-based organisation Conservation Evidence. Find out more about evidence champions here and stay tuned to hear more about why this is such a big achievement for us.
"Kent Wildlife Trust is a leader in the use of evidence in conservation practice"Conservation Science Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
Meet The Team
Alana Skilbeck - Assistant Ecology Volunteer Officer
I began my career with The Wildlife Trusts as a voluntary trainee for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Spurn Nature Reserve. My current role is my first with Kent Wildlife Trust but I have experience working for other conservation organisations such as the RSPB and TCV. I am currently working towards gaining my c-permit licence for bird ringing and love walking on the North Downs from my home.
Want to keep updated about the project?
By registering your interest below you will be added to our Nature's Sure Connected mailing list where you will get updates on the project and how you can get involved.
You can also find out more about the project and follow our progress on the Ecology group Facebook page.