Like many people in Britain, this first part of 2021 under lockdown has seemed all work and little play. Luckily I have a job I am interested in and feel as if I learn more from every day.
March saw me back in the office working once again on the Biodiversity Action Plan for the Upper and Lower Medway Internal Drainage Board. It has meant long days in front of a computer, not my natural territory, but I have now created Action Pans for everything from Kingfishers to Spruce’s Bristle Moss, something I never knew existed before I started this process.
Along the way there are plans to stop pollution by plastic litter and chemical run off, ideas to manage marginal vegetation in a way that will benefit dragonfly and alter tidal flaps so that eels can once again migrate upstream.
There is so much more we could be doing to assist our beleaguered wildlife. The tiny bit of good I can do will never be enough but, still, I get an immense amount of satisfaction in knowing I am doing what I can to help.
The Biodiversity Action Plan will now be delivered to the IDB Board’s for agreement.
This month also saw me play my part in an RSPB bid to the Green Recovery Fund, which hopes to restore wetlands across Kent and Essex and provide employment opportunities for young people wanting their first step in a career in wildlife conservation.
The farmers I work with were given the opportunity to put forward wetland restoration plans as part of the bid. While some preferred to do the work as part of a local farmer driven collective (A very positive idea) then others were keen to be on board. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the bid is successful and will result in an autumn of creating storage reservoirs to hold winter rains so they can be released onto the land in late spring, restoring the profile of rills and clearing rush back to create bare earth for lapwing chicks to feed on.
With these two big projects more or less complete I can, at last, shut off my computer and get back out on the land just as the breeding season swings into action once again.