Research at KMBRC
Undertaking and supporting research is very important to the team here at KMBRC. We are keen to ensure that the six million individual species records, the Kent habitat survey 2012 data and mapping facilities we have here at the centre are used to best effect. The data we hold has been used to develop and understand more about changes and trends in species distribution, factors affecting those changes and ways in which resources might be used to improve, restore and create opportunities for wildlife in the County. We have provided data and analysis to support conservation management schemes, large scale infrastructure projects, and the assessment of habitat fragmentation to highlight potential for new wildlife corridors to be created. We have worked with government agencies to support farmland management plans and helped to support monitoring of invasive species including the spread of Harlequin ladybirds, Chestnut Leaf Miner moths and Ash dieback disease.
One of our most recent pieces of research, commissioned by the Kent Nature Partnership as part of their new Kent Environment Strategy, looked at whether access to natural green spaces was limiting a factor in areas with low reported activity levels. The work was a collaboration with the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent, University College London and Natural Values Consultancy. The full report and executive summaries can be found on the Kent Nature Partnership Website by clicking on the button below.