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Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter

Over the past several months, the NEP has been busy working with partners on some key strategic documents and projects. We are very pleased to share with you some of the outputs.

Forward to 2030: A New Biodiversity Action Plan for Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes

Over the past year and in collaboration with our partners, we have been revising the Biodiversity Action Plan and we are now pleased to announce the new Biodiversity Action Plan for Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes, Forward to 2030. This strategic document sets out the main issues impacting on wildlife in the county and some of the measures needed to help our natural environment. The Executive Summary is available to download now from our website and the full document will be available soon. Visit our website for more information:

bucksmknep.co.uk/forward-to-2030

Creating Wilder Spaces

In response to increasing requests about road verges, the Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Natural Environment Partnership (NEP) has developed a toolkit to help parishes and local communities across our patch get started with managing their road verges for wildlife.

While this toolkit focuses on road verges, the principles it advocates of low fertility and cut-and-collect can be applied to any area of grassland.

The toolkit has been developed as part of the Wilder Road Verges pilot project, which is in partnership with the NEP, Buckinghamshire Council, BMERC, Butterfly Conservation, the Chilterns Conservation Board, and Transport for Buckinghamshire.

Local Nature Recovery Strategy Outputs now available

Buckinghamshire was chosen as one of five areas in the country to trial the development of a Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS). LNRS are a new way of helping nature, identifying which characteristics are most important at a local level to focus action and investment. The aim is to help nature and people flourish together. Ultimately, these local strategies will form part of a national Nature Recovery Network – creating improved, joined-up, wildlife-rich places which will benefit people and wildlife.

The Buckinghamshire Pilot Draft Local Nature Recovery Strategy has been published on our website alongside other outputs, including a Summary of Stakeholder Engagement, Statement of Biodiversity Priorities, and Local Habitat Maps.

Learn more

Recent Consultation Responses

Response to the Government’s Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) public consultation (November 2021)
Taking the experience from the NEP’s steering group role in the Buckinghamshire Pilot LNRS work, the NEP responded to the Government’s consultation on “how to prepare and what to include” in upcoming Local Nature Recovery Strategies. We responded to the specific questions as well as made several key points – including the need for sufficient resourcing (capacity, skills, funding, timescales), ensuring data availability, the need for cross-border working and policy integration for delivering LNRSs, and highlighting the important contribution and role of Local Nature Partnerships in supporting the production of the strategies, coordinating their delivery and monitoring their impact.

Response to the OxCam Growth Arc Spatial Framework consultation: “Creating a Vision for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc” (October 2021)
The NEP’s response centred on the need for any Vision for the OxCam Arc to embed the agreed Growth Arc Environmental Principles (prepared by the Arc Environment Working Group and endorsed by the Arc Leaders, Universities and LEPs) to help achieve the ambitions and aspirational vision suggested in the consultation. The NEP suggested that these principles should form the basis of the vision and should be used to shape broader plans for the Arc including any Spatial Strategy. We also commented on the related Sustainability Appraisal scoping document.

Our consultation responses can be viewed on our website:

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Job opportunities

Our partners in the Environment Team at Buckinghamshire Council are currently recruiting for a Senior Ecology Officer, as well as Ecology and Biodiversity Net Gain Officers. More information about the roles and how to apply is available on the Buckinghamshire Council website (external links below):

Senior Ecology Officer: jobs.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/job_detail/226779/

Ecology and Biodiversity Net Gain Officers: jobs.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/job_detail/226759/

Applications close 14 November 2021.

That's all from us for this issue. You can read more about the NEP and our work on our website:

www.bucksmknep.co.uk