Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre

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Steve Smith
If you are a landowner / farmer, you may be aware that different funding schemes are available to help you manage your land to benefit the wildlife of Kent. These include the different Countryside Stewardship schemes available through the Government. All schemes that involve the management of land for conservation benefit from proof that certain species have been observed on the land or in the close vicinity. The greatest level of proof would come from an expert seeing the species first-hand.

There is a network of wildlife recorders throughout Kent that are either a specialist in a certain group of species or habitats, or have a very high level of general wildlife knowledge. These recorders are often trying to identify the Kent distribution of particular species, and sometimes seek access to areas of land that are not usually open to members of the public.

The Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre (KMBRC) was set up in 2003 to collect, store and disseminate natural history data for Kent. The KMBRC would like to act as a conduit, matching the County's wildlife and recording experts with land owners who are happy to allow controlled access to their land holdings for recording purposes.

If you are happy to allow access to your land holdings please take the trouble of completing the registration form and returning it to the KMBRC.

How will the scheme work?

  • The KMBRC will hold the information you provide on the location of your land holdings and pass this information on to the recognised species recorders for the County.
  • If any recorders show an interest in recording in a particular area, their request will be passed on to the land owners. No personal details will be passed to any third party without the express permission of both participants (the KMBRC conforms to the data protection act).
  • Once the land owner is in possession of the species recorder's contact details from the KMBRC he or she will be able to make a mutually agreeable arrangement for a field visit of the recorder.
  • The KMBRC will make available a proformer agreement which will be adjustable to the specific conditions of the land owner and signed by the recorder prior to the visit should this be required.
  • All the species records collected by the recorder will be made available to the land owner following the visit.

NB. Registration of interest in this scheme will not necessarily guarantee the visit of a recorder.


What are the advantages of this scheme?

  • The chance to acquire species and habitat data on your land holdings which can enhance your chances of a successful land stewardship application.
  • The chance to monitor the species occurring on your land therefore making positive reporting on the success of your land stewardship.
  • The opportunity to learn more about wildlife and some of the more obscure species groups on your farm.
  • The chance to make a positive contribution to the well being and enhancement of wildlife in your county.
Should you have any questions on this scheme or on biological recording in general please do not hesitate to contact the KMBRC.

The KMBRC is keen to receive any information on the wildlife you see on your farm!



Download the Kent Land Access Form (Microsoft Word) Please print the form out, complete, sign and return to KMBRC at this address.