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Re: Action taken regarding changes to Natural England funding for Local Environmental Record Centres

ClareBlencowe

There was a piece in The Guardian online yesterday on Natural England withdrawing funding for Local Environmental Record Centres (LERCs):

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/06/decision-to-end-funding-of-local-environmental-record-centres-attacked-natural-england-data-collection-contract

 

Regarding the impact on us here at Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, Natural England withdrawing funding isn’t a ‘life or death’ matter for us. We have the support of many partners who value the high quality biodiversity information that we provide – using records supplied and verified by the local biological recording community. We’re confident we’ll be able to balance the books next year.

 

But the whole issue remains very worrying for all the reasons outlined in the letter that was sent on 17 February to Defra and Natural England (see below).

 

The Association of Local Environmental Record Centres has now made its representations to Defra and Natural England: http://www.alerc.org.uk/news/alerc-position-statement-on-the-withdrawal-of-natural-england-moa-funding

 

We understand that the National Forum for Biological Recording will also be making representations. And the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts is talking to Natural England about the importance of local biodiversity evidence.

 

We haven’t yet heard anything from Defra or Natural England. Hopefully they will listen and reconsider their decision in the light of the concerns being raised.

 

Best wishes,

 

Clare

 

From: Blencowe, Clare
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 11:38 AM
To: '[hidden email]'
Subject: Action taken regarding changes to Natural England funding for Local Environmental Record Centres

 

Dear Sussex Biological Recorders – Adastrans,

Those of you who were at Adastra on Saturday 6 February will be aware of the concern that was expressed by many delegates at the recent decision by Natural England to end funding agreements with all Local Environmental Record Centres from April 2016. (See ALERC announcement here.)

At the meeting, Tony Whitbread (Chief Exec of Sussex Wildlife Trust) stood up and asked the attendees if they would be happy to provide a mandate, so that representations could be made to Natural England, on behalf of the Sussex recording community, regarding this decision. The mood of the room seemed to be very much in favour and a number of delegates urged that something should be done. 

Yesterday, the Sussex Committee for Biological Recording sent the attached letter – on behalf of participants at the 27th Sussex Biological Recorders’ Seminar – to Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss, MP Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Chair and Chief Exec of Natural England.

In parallel with this initiative, we at Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre are contributing to a joint response from the Association of Local Environmental Record Centres (ALERC). We think it will help our cause to show unity within ALERC and we will be focussing our response on addressing the negative and potentially damaging messages which were implied in Natural England’s email, which we think are unjustified.

 

The Sussex Wildlife Trust is also working closely with the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) to highlight the importance of the biodiversity evidence base, and the role of Local Environment Record Centres and local recording communities in delivering this.

 

It is very heart-warming and encouraging for the team here to know that the Sussex biological recording community continues to value the service that Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre provides. Many thanks to everyone at Adastra, and those I’ve spoken to since, for your support.

 

With very best wishes,

 

Clare

 

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Candi Gould
I would not get your hope up regarding Natural England. Its quite likely there doors will remain closed.

On another matter regarding Natural England, their stance regarding bees is rather alarming, they seem to think that they have no place in the British Isles, and I even heard of a case where someone applied for a grant to protect a rare bee and they offered to help get rid of them instead.

We live in interesting times.

Candi



From: "[hidden email]" <[hidden email]>
To: [hidden email]
Sent: Monday, March 7, 2016 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: [Adastra] Action taken regarding changes to Natural England funding for Local Environmental Record Centres

There was a piece in The Guardian online yesterday on Natural England withdrawing funding for Local Environmental Record Centres (LERCs):
 
 
Regarding the impact on us here at Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, Natural England withdrawing funding isn’t a ‘life or death’ matter for us. We have the support of many partners who value the high quality biodiversity information that we provide – using records supplied and verified by the local biological recording community. We’re confident we’ll be able to balance the books next year.
 
But the whole issue remains very worrying for all the reasons outlined in the letter that was sent on 17 February to Defra and Natural England (see below).
 
The Association of Local Environmental Record Centres has now made its representations to Defra and Natural England: http://www.alerc.org.uk/news/alerc-position-statement-on-the-withdrawal-of-natural-england-moa-funding
 
We understand that the National Forum for Biological Recording will also be making representations. And the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts is talking to Natural England about the importance of local biodiversity evidence.
 
We haven’t yet heard anything from Defra or Natural England. Hopefully they will listen and reconsider their decision in the light of the concerns being raised.
 
Best wishes,
 
Clare
 
From: Blencowe, Clare
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 11:38 AM
To: '[hidden email]'
Subject: Action taken regarding changes to Natural England funding for Local Environmental Record Centres
 
Dear Sussex Biological Recorders – Adastrans,
Those of you who were at Adastra on Saturday 6 February will be aware of the concern that was expressed by many delegates at the recent decision by Natural England to end funding agreements with all Local Environmental Record Centres from April 2016. (See ALERC announcement here.)
At the meeting, Tony Whitbread (Chief Exec of Sussex Wildlife Trust) stood up and asked the attendees if they would be happy to provide a mandate, so that representations could be made to Natural England, on behalf of the Sussex recording community, regarding this decision. The mood of the room seemed to be very much in favour and a number of delegates urged that something should be done. 
Yesterday, the Sussex Committee for Biological Recording sent the attached letter – on behalf of participants at the 27th Sussex Biological Recorders’ Seminar – to Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss, MP Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Chair and Chief Exec of Natural England.
In parallel with this initiative, we at Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre are contributing to a joint response from the Association of Local Environmental Record Centres (ALERC). We think it will help our cause to show unity within ALERC and we will be focussing our response on addressing the negative and potentially damaging messages which were implied in Natural England’s email, which we think are unjustified.
 
The Sussex Wildlife Trust is also working closely with the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) to highlight the importance of the biodiversity evidence base, and the role of Local Environment Record Centres and local recording communities in delivering this.
 
It is very heart-warming and encouraging for the team here to know that the Sussex biological recording community continues to value the service that Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre provides. Many thanks to everyone at Adastra, and those I’ve spoken to since, for your support.
 
With very best wishes,
 
Clare
 


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Steven Falk
Hi Candi,
 
Can you tell me more abiut that NE story? Also, I think Jon Cursons ought to know as he's NE's bee person. Was this a Sussex site? Hopefullty it was just a misundertanding, but can you Email me the details, as I may be able to fix things or push for a better fix. You can Email me via my website if the email address does not show up in this posting,
 
Cheers,
 
Steven (bee book chap, Midlands-based Sussex-phile) 
 
Steven Falk BSc ARCS FRES
Entomologist-Artist-Photographer
mobile: 0781 555 7263
Twitter: @StevenFalk1
 
 
Flickr Image library at:
 
 
2012 winner of the Royal Entomological Society Marsh Award for Insect Conservation
 


From: Adastra [mailto:[hidden email]] On Behalf Of Candi Gould
Sent: 07 March 2016 10:44
To: Adastra discussion group
Subject: Re: [Adastra] Action taken regarding changes to NaturalEngland funding for Local Environmental Record Centres

I would not get your hope up regarding Natural England. Its quite likely there doors will remain closed.

On another matter regarding Natural England, their stance regarding bees is rather alarming, they seem to think that they have no place in the British Isles, and I even heard of a case where someone applied for a grant to protect a rare bee and they offered to help get rid of them instead.

We live in interesting times.

Candi



From: "[hidden email]" <[hidden email]>
To: [hidden email]
Sent: Monday, March 7, 2016 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: [Adastra] Action taken regarding changes to Natural England funding for Local Environmental Record Centres

There was a piece in The Guardian online yesterday on Natural England withdrawing funding for Local Environmental Record Centres (LERCs):
 
 
Regarding the impact on us here at Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, Natural England withdrawing funding isn’t a ‘life or death’ matter for us. We have the support of many partners who value the high quality biodiversity information that we provide – using records supplied and verified by the local biological recording community. We’re confident we’ll be able to balance the books next year.
 
But the whole issue remains very worrying for all the reasons outlined in the letter that was sent on 17 February to Defra and Natural England (see below).
 
The Association of Local Environmental Record Centres has now made its representations to Defra and Natural England: http://www.alerc.org.uk/news/alerc-position-statement-on-the-withdrawal-of-natural-england-moa-funding
 
We understand that the National Forum for Biological Recording will also be making representations. And the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts is talking to Natural England about the importance of local biodiversity evidence.
 
We haven’t yet heard anything from Defra or Natural England. Hopefully they will listen and reconsider their decision in the light of the concerns being raised.
 
Best wishes,
 
Clare
 
From: Blencowe, Clare
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 11:38 AM
To: '[hidden email]'
Subject: Action taken regarding changes to Natural England funding for Local Environmental Record Centres
 
Dear Sussex Biological Recorders – Adastrans,
Those of you who were at Adastra on Saturday 6 February will be aware of the concern that was expressed by many delegates at the recent decision by Natural England to end funding agreements with all Local Environmental Record Centres from April 2016. (See ALERC announcement here.)
At the meeting, Tony Whitbread (Chief Exec of Sussex Wildlife Trust) stood up and asked the attendees if they would be happy to provide a mandate, so that representations could be made to Natural England, on behalf of the Sussex recording community, regarding this decision. The mood of the room seemed to be very much in favour and a number of delegates urged that something should be done. 
Yesterday, the Sussex Committee for Biological Recording sent the attached letter – on behalf of participants at the 27th Sussex Biological Recorders’ Seminar – to Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss, MP Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Chair and Chief Exec of Natural England.
In parallel with this initiative, we at Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre are contributing to a joint response from the Association of Local Environmental Record Centres (ALERC). We think it will help our cause to show unity within ALERC and we will be focussing our response on addressing the negative and potentially damaging messages which were implied in Natural England’s email, which we think are unjustified.
 
The Sussex Wildlife Trust is also working closely with the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) to highlight the importance of the biodiversity evidence base, and the role of Local Environment Record Centres and local recording communities in delivering this.
 
It is very heart-warming and encouraging for the team here to know that the Sussex biological recording community continues to value the service that Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre provides. Many thanks to everyone at Adastra, and those I’ve spoken to since, for your support.
 
With very best wishes,
 
Clare
 


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Candi Gould
Hi Steven

Please speak to Norman Carrack at the University of Sussex he works at LASI and is keen to speak to anyone on these matters, and can also provide evidence on NE's stance.  He may already be aware of Jon Cursons, if you wish to friend Norman Carrack on facebook I can help you there or just send him a friend request yourself.

Candi



From: Steven Falk <[hidden email]>
To: 'Adastra discussion group' <[hidden email]>
Sent: Monday, March 7, 2016 11:57 AM
Subject: Re: [Adastra] Action taken regarding changes to NaturalEngland funding for Local Environmental Record Centres

Hi Candi,
 
Can you tell me more abiut that NE story? Also, I think Jon Cursons ought to know as he's NE's bee person. Was this a Sussex site? Hopefullty it was just a misundertanding, but can you Email me the details, as I may be able to fix things or push for a better fix. You can Email me via my website if the email address does not show up in this posting,
 
Cheers,
 
Steven (bee book chap, Midlands-based Sussex-phile) 
 
Steven Falk BSc ARCS FRES
Entomologist-Artist-Photographer
mobile: 0781 555 7263
Twitter: @StevenFalk1
 
 
Flickr Image library at:
 
 
2012 winner of the Royal Entomological Society Marsh Award for Insect Conservation
 


From: Adastra [mailto:[hidden email]] On Behalf Of Candi Gould
Sent: 07 March 2016 10:44
To: Adastra discussion group
Subject: Re: [Adastra] Action taken regarding changes to NaturalEngland funding for Local Environmental Record Centres

I would not get your hope up regarding Natural England. Its quite likely there doors will remain closed.

On another matter regarding Natural England, their stance regarding bees is rather alarming, they seem to think that they have no place in the British Isles, and I even heard of a case where someone applied for a grant to protect a rare bee and they offered to help get rid of them instead.

We live in interesting times.

Candi



From: "[hidden email]" <[hidden email]>
To: [hidden email]
Sent: Monday, March 7, 2016 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: [Adastra] Action taken regarding changes to Natural England funding for Local Environmental Record Centres

There was a piece in The Guardian online yesterday on Natural England withdrawing funding for Local Environmental Record Centres (LERCs):
 
 
Regarding the impact on us here at Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, Natural England withdrawing funding isn’t a ‘life or death’ matter for us. We have the support of many partners who value the high quality biodiversity information that we provide – using records supplied and verified by the local biological recording community. We’re confident we’ll be able to balance the books next year.
 
But the whole issue remains very worrying for all the reasons outlined in the letter that was sent on 17 February to Defra and Natural England (see below).
 
The Association of Local Environmental Record Centres has now made its representations to Defra and Natural England: http://www.alerc.org.uk/news/alerc-position-statement-on-the-withdrawal-of-natural-england-moa-funding
 
We understand that the National Forum for Biological Recording will also be making representations. And the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts is talking to Natural England about the importance of local biodiversity evidence.
 
We haven’t yet heard anything from Defra or Natural England. Hopefully they will listen and reconsider their decision in the light of the concerns being raised.
 
Best wishes,
 
Clare
 
From: Blencowe, Clare
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 11:38 AM
To: '[hidden email]'
Subject: Action taken regarding changes to Natural England funding for Local Environmental Record Centres
 
Dear Sussex Biological Recorders – Adastrans,
Those of you who were at Adastra on Saturday 6 February will be aware of the concern that was expressed by many delegates at the recent decision by Natural England to end funding agreements with all Local Environmental Record Centres from April 2016. (See ALERC announcement here.)
At the meeting, Tony Whitbread (Chief Exec of Sussex Wildlife Trust) stood up and asked the attendees if they would be happy to provide a mandate, so that representations could be made to Natural England, on behalf of the Sussex recording community, regarding this decision. The mood of the room seemed to be very much in favour and a number of delegates urged that something should be done. 
Yesterday, the Sussex Committee for Biological Recording sent the attached letter – on behalf of participants at the 27th Sussex Biological Recorders’ Seminar – to Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss, MP Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Chair and Chief Exec of Natural England.
In parallel with this initiative, we at Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre are contributing to a joint response from the Association of Local Environmental Record Centres (ALERC). We think it will help our cause to show unity within ALERC and we will be focussing our response on addressing the negative and potentially damaging messages which were implied in Natural England’s email, which we think are unjustified.
 
The Sussex Wildlife Trust is also working closely with the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) to highlight the importance of the biodiversity evidence base, and the role of Local Environment Record Centres and local recording communities in delivering this.
 
It is very heart-warming and encouraging for the team here to know that the Sussex biological recording community continues to value the service that Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre provides. Many thanks to everyone at Adastra, and those I’ve spoken to since, for your support.
 
With very best wishes,
 
Clare