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Archive News 2015

All the news from the Nature Partnership from 2015

Job vacancy - Nature Policy Officer

Nature Policy Officer

Based in Horncastle, Lincolnshire

£18,000-22,000 pa

Permanent

We have an exciting opportunity for an outstanding Nature Policy Officer with a specialism either in agriculture or Biodiversity Action Planning (BAP). Building on our success in linking farming and nature, the successful candidate will initially be responsible for coordinating a Defra funded project across farmland in Greater Lincolnshire. The project will involve primary research that will contribute to the delivery of the National Pollinator Strategy. The Nature Policy Officer will also launch the newly revised Biodiversity Action Plan in 2016 that will lead to the development of a range of new and innovative projects.

Good communication skills and a clear understanding of biodiversity legislation and policy is essential, as is broad knowledge of the agricultural sector and the BAP process. You should have experience of working with a range of stakeholders or in a partnership. A relevant qualification and a full current UK driving licence are also required.

The GLNP is a government accredited Local Nature Partnership and the Team is hosted by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in the market town of Horncastle.

For further details please download the information below or contact:

Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership

Banovallum House, Manor House Street, Horncastle LN9 5HF

01507 528398 info@glnp.org.uk

www.glnp.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 11am Friday 8 January 2016

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16 December 2015

New report highlights contribution of nature tourism to the economy of Greater Lincolnshire

New figures have revealed that nature tourism is worth £58million a year to the economy of Greater Lincolnshire.

This headline figure comes from research commissioned by the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership (GLNP) to place a value on the contribution made by nature tourism to the overall visitor economy of Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire and to look at barriers and opportunities for developing this as an integral part of Greater Lincolnshire's tourism sector.

The report's findings were announced at the GLNP's fourth annual conference entitled 'The value of nature tourism' held at The Brackenborough Hotel near Louth on 12 November.

The keynote was given by the report's author Dr Simon Woodward from Leeds Beckett University who undertook the research.

Dr Woodward said: "Our research suggests that nature tourism in Greater Lincolnshire already generates around £58 million for the economy every year, supporting more than 850 jobs. It is important, therefore, that we make the most of the opportunities that exist to get visitors to think a little bit more about the landscapes they are enjoying and the wildlife that lives here.

"The more we do that, the more opportunities there are for developing tourism products and services that both enhance visitor satisfaction but also create jobs for local people."

Around 100 delegates attended the event comprising representatives from across the conservation and tourism sectors including representatives from all of Greater Lincolnshire's local authorities and a large number of private businesses.

The welcome was from Chris Baron Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) representative for the tourism economy and Resort Director at Butlins.

Two examples of how nature can be incorporated into successful tourism ventures were also heard, from a small business perspective by Jeanette and Rob Folwell of Greetham Retreat Holidays and by Kate Dent demonstrating the landscape approach in the Nene Valley for Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.

GLNP Chairman, Richard Chadd, said: "We are delighted that our conference on nature tourism has attracted such a wide range of delegates, interested in hearing not only the findings of the research we commissioned but also the potential for growing the economic impact of nature tourism in the future.

"Anecdotal evidence meant that many of us working in both the conservation and the tourism sectors knew that nature tourism was an important segment of the visitor economy but this research was crucial in actually placing a current value on that.

"The landscape and ecology of Greater Lincolnshire is a key part of its attraction and we now have the evidence to demonstrate the contribution it makes. We believe that nature tourism can be the catalyst that helps to turn day trips into overnight stays or bring people to the area in the quieter months increasing the value of tourism overall."

12 November 2015

Funding and plans

On the 14 October Defra had two big announcements that affect nature and rural communities.

Going to funding first, it was the long awaited launch of the Leader programme. These are grants for rural communities to help economic growth. As the money is from Europe and is part of the agricultural system of grants it is complex, however the good news is there is around £4 million for Lincolnshire for the next five years. You can read the national press release on the Defra website.

The second announcement is the start of the consultation on Defra's 25 year plan for nature. Over the next year Defra are putting together this long term plan for the future and the launch of the consultation was held yesterday. Secretary of State Liz Truss gave a speech that can be read on the Defra website. Several Local Nature Partnerships were invited to the event along with members of a number of major charities. We will have feedback soon on the day.

14 October 2015

New strategy for non-native species

Defra have launched the updated Great Britain invasive non-native species strategy, which sets out key aims and actions for addressing the threats posed by invasive non-native species. It aims to:

  • get people to work better together, including the government, stakeholders, land managers and the general public
  • improve co-ordination and co-operation on issues at a European and international level

The nature strategy for Greater Lincolnshire contains an action plan for invasive non-native species. Sighting can be reported to the Lincolnshire Environmental Records Centre by submitting a few simple details to info@glnp.org.uk

1 September 2015

GLNP conference on the value of nature tourism announced

The GLNP has announced that its annual conference will this year be on the theme of the value of nature tourism. Held on the 12 November at the Brackenborough Hotel the conference will launch new research on the current value of nature tourism to the economy of Greater Lincolnshire. The conference will be opened by Chris Baron, Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership representative for the visitor economy and Resort Director and Butlins Skegness.

The keynote will be given by Dr Simon Woodward of Leeds Beckett University, Simon has led the research into the economic value of nature tourism in Greater Lincolnshire and will describe the findings. Following this barriers and opportunities for developing the nature tourism product as an integral part of the tourism economy will be explored.

Booking for the conference is essential, please email events@glnp.org.uk or ring 01507 528398 to book a place

19 August 2015

One week left to take part in the big butterfly count

The Big Butterfly Count encourages people to spot and record 18 species of common butterflies and two day-flying moths during three weeks of high summer. It is the world's largest butterfly survey and with more information we will be better able to reverse declines in butterfly species.

The Big Butterfly Count is organised by Butterfly Conservation. On their website you can download an app for your phone to help with the count or maybe you prefer to print out a simple chart!

You can count your butterflies until the 9 August so get counting!

Lincolnshire has a local branch of Butterfly Conservation if you want to get to know more about these colourful flying insects, and their nightime cousins

Big butterfly count information: http://butterfly-conservation.org/9323/big-butterfly-count-2015.html

Lincolnshire Butterfly Conservation: http://butterfly-conservation.org/300/lincolnshire-branch.html

3 August 2015

Pollinator awareness week - 13 – 19 July

Pollinator Awareness Week will be taking place this year from 13 to 19 July. The aim is to raise awareness of pollinator needs and encourage everyone to take action to support pollinators by following the Bees' Needs advice – take a look at the website www.beesneeds.org.uk/ which includes information on the 5 simple actions that everyone can take to support pollinators:

  • Grow more flowers, shrubs & trees
  • Let it grow wild
  • Cut grass less often
  • Don't disturb insect nests and hibernation spots
  • Think carefully about whether to use pesticides

What is the GLNP doing for pollinators?

Raising awareness – At the 2014 GLNP annual conference local farmer Peter Lundgren spoke about his experience of bee friendly farming: Profits, Pesticides and Pollination

Conserving habitats – The farmland and grassland habitat group help to deliver actions to conserve and enhance valuable habitats needed for our pollinators to thrive across the farmed landscape.

Providing information – The Lincolnshire Environmental Records Centre holds more than half a million pollinator species records which are used to monitor population trends and distribution. Send us your pollinator records today.

July 2015

GLNP Annual Review

The Annual Review for 2014-15 is now available. Take a look and see what the Team and the GLNP Partners have achieved over the past year.

May 2015

New home for Lincolnshire Bird Club data

We are pleased to announce that after much hard work on both sides the Lincolnshire Bird Club data has been incorporated into the Lincolnshire Environmental Records Centre. This means that bird data can be accessed alongside data for other species in data requests in a 'one stop shop' and it has taken the number of records held by the Records Centre to over three million!

This data set will be updated at least annually along with all of the other data that comes into the Records Centre and the Lincolnshire Bird Club and the Records Centre look forward to continuing this successful partnership.

All enquiries for data searches can now be sent to info@glnp.org.uk or you can ring Charlie Barnes on 01507 528381.

1 January 2015