State of the natural environment in the West Midlands

West Midlands Biodiversity PartnershipOn Thursday 23rd April 2009, I attended the Annual Biodiversity Conference organised by the West Midlands Biodiversity Partnership (WMBP) at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham.

Key speakers included Olwen Dutton (Chief Executive of the West Midlands Regional Assembly), Roger Owen (Regional Director of Natural England), David Pape (Head of Ecology, Hampshire County Council), Conor Kretsch (Director of Cohab Initiative) and Heather Webb (Coordinator at Bedslife).

During the day the speakers highlighted the key role that biodiversity plays in the development of the West Midlands.

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Regional habitat data project

Woodland sceneThe Regional Habitat Data Project is managed by the West Midlands Biodiversity Partnership and aims to create a reliable spatial representation of all known priority BAP habitat across the West Midlands region.

This project intends to pull together all the existing reliable national, regional and local data sets, making them available as a regional resource as a tool for future planning and development of strategies.

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