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Biodiversity Net Gain

What is Biodiversity Net Gain?

Biodiversity Net Gain

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is defined as “development that leaves biodiversity in a better state than before” and “an approach where developers work with local governments, wildlife groups, land owners and other stakeholders to support their priorities for nature conservation”.

BNG will become mandatory for new English developments after a two-year ‘transition period’.  After this, developers will be required to demonstrate a 10% increase in biodiversity on or near their development sites.

What this means for developers is that planning permission would only be given if a new development project increases rather than reduces levels of biodiversity present on a site. Evidence of an increase in biodiversity will require a baseline assessment of what is currently present on a site and then an estimation how proposed designs will add to that level, and latterly supported by post-construction evidence that a 10% gain has been delivered.

Wildwood Ecology helps you achieve planning permission and demonstrate that your site can achieve or has achieved biodiversity net gain. We do this by using metric calculations for your site based on its distinctiveness, conditions, strategic significance, and habitat connectivity.

We align our Management Plans to integrate biodiversity to adopt the good practice principles for biodiversity net gain:

  1. Apply the mitigation hierarchy
  2. Avoid losing biodiversity that cannot be offset elsewhere
  3. Be inclusive and equitable
  4. Address risk
  5. Make a measurable net gain contribution
  6. Achieve the best outcomes for biodiversity
  7. Be additional
  8. Create a net gain legacy
  9. Optimise sustainability
  10. Be transparent

Adopting these ten good practice principles for Biodiversity Net Gain offers several business advantages:

  • Gaining a competitive advantage
  • Increasing financial value
  • Securing efficiencies

These are relevant for new developments and maintenance activities. They apply to developers who own or buy land to develop, and to their supply chain partners including consultants, suppliers, contractors, and maintainers who support decision making throughout a project’s life cycle.

For more information about Biodiversity Net Gain, Ecological Enhancement or Biodiversity / Ecological Management Plans, please get in touch.