Applying a Biodiversity Management System at a busy Urban Shopping Centre

On Monday (16th October) I travelled over the river to attend a CMA study day in the South East region. The setting was an unusual one, based at Bluewater Shopping centre in Kent, and it promised to be a really interesting day looking at how the “environmental asset” of the site is managed to enhance biodiversity.

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“Urban habitat”. The built and natural environments provide an interesting contrast.

The aim at Bluewater is to balance needs of the wildlife and the expectations of guests to access the habitats for recreation. We started off the day with an introduction to the site, its history and its wildlife. Phil Bolton of Wildthing wildlife consultants explained how the Biodiversity Management Strategy is used to manage and enhance the biodiversity of the site. This system was a factor in the shopping centre winning a Green Apple Environment Award in 2009, and the site has also won the Green Flag award in 2016 and 2017.

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Upcoming CMA Study Day: 16th October at Bluewater, Kent

Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent is hosting a Study Day on Monday 16th October titled “Applying a Biodiversity Management System at a busy Urban Shopping Centre“.

This should be an interesting day – the event promises to explore how the site is managed to balance the needs of resident wildlife and habitats with the guest’s expectations of access.

The event is free for members of the Countryside Management Association, and £40 for non-members. Bookings close on Friday 13th October. For more info and to book, head to eventbrite.

Formed in 1966 the CMA is the largest organisation supporting the work of conservation, access and recreation professionals in the natural greenspace and countryside sector throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.