Biodiversity Surveys

BIODIVERSITY NET GAIN (BNG)

Biodiversity and many of our wild animals and plants are in big trouble but we can all do something about it and we are here to help. Improving biological diversity and enriching wild fauna and flora communities by increasing greenspace ecological quality helps fight climate change, too.

You may already have been asked by your planning authority to show how your project is going to ensure no biodiversity loss and demonstrate BNG. We have all the expertise to help you and ensure your submission meets the requirements of the authorities, British Standards and best practice, as well as keeping you in compliance with all the ecological regulations.

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WHAT DOES A BNG REPORT INVOLVE?

Every site is different but our work will include a site examination, an assessment of the species, habitats, and communities present, and the ecosystem characteristics. Some authorities ask for a numerical/statistical calculation following Defra’s “metrics”. Whilst we do not concur with this metrics approach as it has ecological deficiencies, we will provide the calculations and result with an independent science-based commentary where there are observed limitations. This ensures you receive the best advice on which to base reliable decisions and demonstrates due diligence to the planning authorities.

Why is it required?

Our planet is in alarmingly serious trouble because of human over-exploitation of resources, the use of fossil fuels, excessive carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse” gas emissions, over-intensive agriculture, pollution and habitat destruction. We have very little time to correct this: reversing biodiversity loss and making Biodiversity Net Gain mandatory will make a difference, not just to saving species from extinction but also in curbing adverse climate change and improving our environmental quality. National and local government have consequently adopted much stricter policies and statutes for biodiversity protection and BNG. Many planning applications now cannot proceed unless the authorities are satisfied the biodiversity standards have been met and will be maintained and sustained by the applicants and their successors. Formal Conditions to this effect are now inserted in planning consents and permissions for land-use change.

 

ARE THERE SEASONAL LIMITATIONS?

Yes. Adequate investigations can usually be undertaken between April until October if there is only one window available in the project programme but ideally visits should be made through the seasons. A single site inspection may lead to a recommendation for further visits if the data collected are insufficient for a sufficiently reliable report. We are always happy to discuss options to help you decide in the circumstances of the project.

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What will it cost?

Survey costs can vary enormously. It’s important that you’re getting the right level of information and ecological guidance. A skilled ecologist can be a tremendous asset and positively help you to a successful planning outcome.

Our (extended) phase 1 habitat survey prices start at £350. Please contact us for a fast, all-inclusive quote.

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