Updates from Defra and other news

There have been a few meetings/requests from Defra to LNPs recently.  Here is an update:

  • A small number of LNP Chairs/representatives met with Shirley Trundle, Director Sustainable Land Management and Livestock Farming at Defra to discuss LNPs role in relation to land management/farming. Notes from the meeting are here: Local Nature Partnership Chairs meeting 13Oct draft
  • Similarly, a limited number of LNP Chairs/representatives (including our very own Chair Tony Walker) attended a meeting with Lord de Mauley and LEP Chairs/representatives to discuss how LNPs can support and work with LEPs.  Notes will be available shortly.
  • Defra asked LNPs to support the National Pollinator Strategy. As LDN LNP we (like most LNPs) replied positively with caveats regarding the need for a national and coordinated strategy and concern about the LNP’s lack of resources to progress practical work in this area.  The published pollinators strategy is here.

 Board minutes

The latest board meeting minutes (from meeting on 30th September) can be found on the LNP documents page.


Derbyshire Biodiversity News

Derbyshire Biodiversity Newsletter Autumn 2014 – lovingly prepared by Nick Moyes, Biodiversity Projects Officer, Derbyshire County Council – is now available.

This is bumper edition, partly intended to make up for the fact that it has not been possible to organise a Biodiversity Conference this year (see page 4).

This issue contains a wide range of articles, including:

  • Peak District Birds of Prey
  • Conference/Diary Dates
  • Toyota’s ‘Green Grid’
  • Derby Parks News
  • Rosliston Bioblitz Report
  • BAP Partnership update
  • Local Nature Partnership (LNP) update
  • Swifts
  • RSPB Peat Charter
  • Invasive Species
  • England Red Data List of plants
  • Badger Vaccination update
  • The Flora of Derbyshire
  • Chesterfield Road Verges and Pollinator Conference
  • Hen Harrier Day report
  • Stone Walling
  • River Derwent Catchment Partnership update
  • Creswell Ponds
  • Peregrines at County Hall
  • Morley Parish Rangers
  • DANES Insect Exhibition
  • The Sanctuary LNR
  • Funding update

There are also two opportunities for you to vote to recognise  the work of local Derbyshire people:

  1. Kate Allies from Rosliston Forestry Centre has been nominated to receive a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for Learning Outside The Classroom. See page 4, or this link: http://www.lotc.org.uk/news-and-events/awards-for-outstanding-contribution-to-lotc/
  2. See page 5 for details of Derby Parks’ request for nominations for their Green Space Forum Awards (closing date 5th November)

Happy reading!

ESIF funding implementation plan consultation

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, who are responsible for planning how £214.3m of European funding will be spent locally over the next few years, have published their implementation plan for European Structural Integration Funding (ESIF) for consultation.  It identifies D2N2’s approach to implementing each of the key themes along with processes for project calls and potential timescales.

The implementation plan is accessible from here: http://www.d2n2lep.org/ESIF along with information on how to feed back.  The consultation ends midday, Friday 14th November.

European funding programme board members needed

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership is in the process of establishing an ESIF Programme Board to manage the implementation of the ESIF strategy on behalf of the Local Enterprise Partnership.

The key responsibilities of the ESIF Programme Board will be to consider and endorse major strategic projects for funding and to monitor the performance of the ESIF programme throughout the duration of the programme which is expected to end in 2020.

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership is seeking nominations from individuals who are experienced in working strategically in the following sectors to join the ESIF Programme Board:
* the Environment and Sustainable Development sector
* the Rural Development sector.

Successful individuals will have recognised sectoral expertise and have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to take key decisions on behalf of organisations operating within the sector. Ideally they should have experience of successfully managing European funded projects.

Further information and guidelines on how to apply are now on the D2N2 web site.

For further information email Richard Kirkland at D2N2 or call him on 0115 9578757 ext. 2248.

Please feel free to promote these opportunities with partner organisations who you believe have the necessary expertise to provide suitable nominations to join the ESIF Programme Board.

How a Bradford factory created a wildlife reserve on its land

On the outskirts of Bradford, an urban wasteland turned wildlife reserve brings the local community closer to nature…

This article on the Guardian web site is part of the Live Better Community Project month. They are showcasing 17 community projects from around the UK. and asking you to vote for your favourite project. The project with the most votes will be awarded £1,000 of funding, and two runners-up will each receive funding of £500. One voter chosen at random will receive £150 worth of gift vouchers for Nigel’s Eco Store.


It’s Wild About Gardens Week

The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society are running Wild About Gardens Week from 15 – 21 September.

There’s a competition to build the best bug hotel, special offers on pollinator-friendly plants and lots of information about how to create biodiversity on your garden – at home, school or anywhere!


LNP update including board minutes

The latest board meeting minutes (from meeting on 29th July) can now be found on the LNP documents page.

On the same page you can also now find our Biodiversity Asset List which has been put together by the local Biodiversity Action Partnerships (BAPs).  It documents the current status of our area including how many designated sites there are and how many priority BAP species/habitats there are.  We will use this as part of the baseline from which we can hopefully measure our progress.

A couple of weeks ago I attended two Defra ‘thematic workshops’ on ‘Natural capital’ and ‘Working with LEPs’ – along with many other LNP representatives.   Other workshops were run on:

  • Health
  • Funding
  • LNP Mandate
  • Ecological Networks
  • Biodiversity Offsetting

The notes, which are also on the LNP documents page, provide a useful background to these topics along with case studies and issues and opportunities identified by folks from the LNPs.

August 2014


I’m Rosy Carter, the LDN LNP Co-ordinator.  I’ll be adding updates to the site regularly.

Current work:

We are writing a more relevant, focussed strategy based on the experience of the LNP board since it was created in 2012.  As this emerges I’ll add info about it to the site.

Other things we’ve been involved in are:

  • With Natural England, running the Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire New Environmental Land Management Scheme (NELMS) targeting event.
  • Gathering baseline ecological data about our area.
  • Researching the implications of creating locally designated Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs).
  • Talking to the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (known as D2N2 LEP) about European funding opportunities for projects with environmental content.
  • Talking to neighbouring LNPs about the potential for cross-border projects.

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