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Read on to find out what the Nature Partnership and its Partners have been up to recently. News for the current year is below and news from previous years can be found using the links on the left hand side.

Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership celebrates five years of achieving more for nature

Representatives from the environment, planning, health, tourism and farming sectors have all come together to mark five years of achieving more for nature in Greater Lincolnshire.

The Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership's (GLNP) annual conference held at The Showroom in Lincoln on 22 November highlighted the successes to date since its launch in 2012 and looked forward to new priorities and challenges.

Speakers included Gill Wilson from City of Lincoln Council on the legacy of the Central Lincolnshire biodiversity opportunity mapping project and Andy Chick from Lincolnshire Bird Club on how usage of bird data has increased since records were incorporated into Lincolnshire Environmental Record Centre.

GLNP staff Sarah Baker and Fran Smith also spoke on innovative approaches to pollinator conservation on agricultural land and the current status of Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) in England.

Opening the conference GLNP Chair, Richard Chadd, said: "The achievements of the last five years are the result of commitment from both the Partner organisations and the GLNP team. Identifying gaps in delivery for Greater Lincolnshire's wildlife has enabled everyone involved to address these by working together to deliver more.

"The broad variety of sectors represented at this conference demonstrates that the GLNP has been successful in reaching out to a wide audience to ensure wildlife and the natural environment are valued by all.

"It is important that we take the time to reflect on the last five years, recognise all that has been delivered and say thank you to those that have been involved along the way. There is still much that can be done and we know there is also much uncertainty about what future environmental policy may bring but the strong foundations upon which the GLNP is built mean we are well placed to ensure we can continue achieving more for nature for the next five years and beyond."

Following the formal presentations the 90 delegates were then invited to take part in a workshop to consider where future priorities should lie as planning for the GLNP's next steps gets underway.

The GLNP was formally launched on 8 November 2012 and is one of 48 Defra-accredited LNPs across England formed as a result of 'The Natural Choice' White Paper in 2011. An existing biodiversity partnership laid the foundations for the GLNP, delivering the data and evidence workstreams that underpin the strategy areas of agri-business, spatial planning, tourism and public health.

Notes to Editors:

The GLNP is a partnership of 49 organisations working together to achieve more for nature across Greater Lincolnshire.

Photographs from the GLNP's annual conference are available on request.

Contact:

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact GLNP manager Fran Smith on 01507 528398.

www.glnp.org.uk

23 November 2017

Pollinator work showcased at Bees' Needs Champions event

Work to support pollinator conservation in Greater Lincolnshire's farmed environment has been showcased at a national event celebrating innovative projects taking place throughout the country.

The annual Bees' Needs Champions awards was held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on Monday 6 November and saw 17 projects recognised for helping pollinators to thrive both in the countryside and urban environments.

The GLNP was delighted to take part in the day by giving a presentation on our current project which involves working with farmers to develop low cost methods to support wild pollinators at a landscape scale. Part-funded by Defra, the project aims to produce a final resource which will help farmers across Greater Lincolnshire and further afield improve food, nesting and overwintering habitat for pollinators across their holding without the need for significant financial investment or ongoing time-intensive management.

Eleven farms are taking part in the GLNP's project which has been developed off the back of our research study undertaken in 2016 to better understand how pollinators use a range of arable crops.

The 10 year National Pollinator Strategy is now in its fourth year and relies on action by businesses, community groups, farmers, land owners and local councils to improve conditions for pollinators.

The Bees' Needs Champions event was opened by Defra Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity Lord Gardiner.

He said: "We must all be thankful for our essential pollinators who do such vital work on our behalf, flying from crop to crop, tree to tree, helping us to grow our food. The champions I had the pleasure to meet today are doing exceptional things to return the favour and look after our pollinators. We must not leave them to it. We can all play a part.

"Whether it is leaving grass uncut to give bees a home over winter, or inspiring young people to be the pollinator protectors of the future, our combined efforts make a real difference."

For more information on the GLNP's pollinator work, email sarah.baker@glnp.org.uk


Annual conference on 22 November

Five years on from the launch of the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership much has been achieved. This conference celebrates these wins and looks forward to new priorities and challenges .

The conference will be opened by GLNP Chair Richard Chadd. He is followed by presentations on the successes of the GLNP over the years from the GLNP Team and Partner organisations. After coffee the remainder of the morning is focused on the future of the GLNP with a workshop on identifying the future priorities for the Partnership.

9:30 for coffee with a 10am start. Finishing at 1pm with lunch to follow at the Showroom, Lincoln

To book email info@glnp.org.uk or ring 01507 528398

15 September 2017

Policy Officer vacancy

Based in Horncastle, Lincolnshire

c£20,000pa

12 month contract full time (part time & secondment opportunities available)

Do you have an understanding of conservation or health and/or tourism and want to find a way for these sectors to work better together? Can you get to grips with policy documents and understand what these mean for individuals and wildlife?

We have an opportunity for a proactive Policy Officer to work across sectors evidencing the value of nature to health and tourism – a natural capital approach. The role will need to focus on ensuring that the outcomes of this work deliver on the combined objectives of all the organisations involved and can make a real difference to both wildlife and people. Problem solving and an ability to get on with others will be a clear advantage.

Knowledge of nature conservation policy, tourism policy and/or health policy will be an advantage as the role primarily covers these areas. Training will be given but as a time limited post a candidate with these skills will stand out. This is an ideal opportunity to deliver a number of discrete projects and well as building skills and contacts with other organisations in the sector. The GLNP is a partnership working with a large number of organisations and people.

A full current UK driving licence is also required.

The GLNP is a government accredited Local Nature Partnership and the Policy Officer is a new temporary role.

Contact: Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership

01507 528398 info@glnp.org.uk www.glnp.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 11am on 29 August 2017


7 August 2017


The Annual Review for 2016-17 is now available

Take a look and see what the Team and the GLNP Partners have achieved over the past year.

Covering all of our work areas the Annual Review sums up some of the achievements of the year from our first research project looking at maize and pollinators, to our annual assessment of BAP targets, the new and improved data request system, habitat leaflets for LWS owners and the new Geodiversity Strategy. Also included is an overview of our policy work including our responses to consultations and our engagement with agricultural and tourism agendas.

13 June 2017

Smartphone app aims to prevent Asian hornet invasion

Smartphone technology is being used as the latest weapon in helping prevent the spread of an invasive species.

A new app has been launched to enable quick and easy reporting of possible sightings of the Asian hornet – a highly aggressive predator of native insects, in particular honey bees.

The Asian hornet was discovered in Gloucestershire in autumn 2016 but Government bee inspectors were able to track down and destroy the nest, containing any further outbreak. There are fears the pest could reappear this spring, so members of the public are being urged to report any sightings.

Asian hornets can be distinguished from their native counterparts by their abdomens which are entirely dark except for a single band of yellow (native hornets' abdomens are predominantly yellow).

People will be able to use the free app, called Asian Hornet Watch, to record sightings and send pictures of suspect insects to experts at the National Bee Unit.

Public affairs manager at the British Beekeepers' Association, Martin Smith, said: "This new app launched by Defra is a welcome addition to current reporting methods that have enabled beekeepers and members of the public to report possible sightings.

"The key to containment is catching outbreaks as early as possible and allowing fast tracking of the insects back to their nest. We will certainly be encouraging all our 25,000 beekeepers to install the app and use it if they see what might be an Asian hornet near their hives."

The interactive app, developed by the Great Britain Non-native Species Secretariat and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, will help people to judge whether they've seen an Asian hornet; with pictures available of other insects that it could be confused with and helpful information about their size, appearance and the times of year they are most likely to be spotted.

The app can be downloaded from Apple and Android stores.

30 March 2017

Time to take part in the Big Farmland Bird Count

Farmers, gamekeepers and landowners are being encouraged to take part in the 2017 Big Farmland Bird Count.

The survey takes place between Friday 3 February and Sunday 12 February and is the fourth annual count, coordinated by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).

The survey provides an opportunity to demonstrate the benefit of conservation schemes being managed by landowners such as supplementary feeding or growing wild bird seed and game cover crops.

Recording sheets are available to download from the GWCT website and results can either be submitted online or returned by post.

The survey asks participants to find a location on the farm with a good view of around two hectares and spend 30 minutes recording the species seen such as skylarks, yellowhammers, corn buntings and grey partridges as well as the number of birds present. A few details about the habitat and cropping around the site will also need to be noted.

Free ID guides are available to download from www.gwct.org.uk

1 February 2017

Farmers urged to complete annual environmental land management survey

Farmers are being encouraged to take part in an online survey to highlight voluntary land management practices taking place to benefit the environment.

The annual Survey of Land Under Environmental Management is undertaken by Defra to assess the level of awareness of the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE).

Headline figures from previous surveys showed 97% of farmers see protecting farm wildlife as important and demonstrated that farmers have invested an average of 400,000ha in environmental measures over a three-year period through CFE.

The deadline for completion of the survey is 31 March 2017. A link to the survey can be found here.

11 January 2017