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Navigate biodiversity net gain with ease

27 Jun 2023

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) can feel like a constraint to your development, but it doesn’t have to be.

By working closely with ecological experts, you can identify biodiversity improvements and put a plan in place to achieve a 10% net gain. Make sure your project complies with BNG regulations while benefiting from improved sustainability and a positive reputation. Learn how Tyler Grange’s CIEEM-certified ecology team can help you handle BNG to achieve greener, more responsible development success.

Embrace early planning

Reach out to us at the beginning of your development journey. We’re here to help you craft a plan for boosting biodiversity, so you won’t have to worry about it later on. It’s about taking a proactive approach rather than reacting to issues as they arise. 

Also, starting from November 2023, the Environment Act 2021 mandates that all development plans in England must aim for a 10% increase in biodiversity. Collaborating with us from the outset ensures seamless integration of biodiversity plans and maximises your chances of achieving the mandated net gain.

Measuring biodiversity net gain

Before your development begins, we follow these steps to survey the area, record habitat types and calculate the potential net biodiversity gain:

1. Data collection: Our team conducts site visits to collect data on species, populations, and habitat quality. This forms a ‘baseline’ against which changes resulting from the development can be measured.

2. Landscape plan analysis: We determine the post-development habitat data based on the provided landscape plans. This provides an estimate of the expected habitat conditions post-development.

3. Information storage: We organise and store the collected habitat data from both pre and post-development stages in a spreadsheet for easy reference and analysis.

4. Calculations: We compare the pre-development baseline with the estimated post-development conditions. This allows the calculation of the potential net biodiversity gain or loss, giving a starting point for planning strategies to achieve a target 10% BNG.

 By giving you a measurable figure, we make it easy for you to grasp the potential impact of your development on local biodiversity. This useful information helps you make informed choices about minimising negative impacts and boosting the environment.  

Your BNG management plan

We’ll create a tailored management plan to outline the strategies and actions needed to achieve a 10% BNG for your development. This plan might include: 

On-site solutions: enhancing existing habitats, creating new ones, or implementing better landscaping designs to promote biodiversity within the development site. 

Off-site solutions: if on-site measures aren’t enough to achieve a net gain, we might explore your off-sites options. Such as purchasing land from private owners that allow for habitat creation or restoration. 

An expertly crafted BNG management plan showcases your compliance with the 10% net gain requirement. Experienced ecology consultants, like us, will guarantee that your plan reflects a long-term commitment to achieving this goal. 

Keep in mind, it’s a legal requirement to oversee and maintain the habitats you’ve restored or created for a period of 30 years. This stewardship makes sure that you contribute effectively towards achieving your environmental targets.

Ongoing support

We collaborate with you to help you achieve a net gain for your site according to your management plan. For example, we may facilitate connections between you and private landowners if creating new habitats off-site is necessary to achieve the 10% BNG target. 

Plus, we’ll regularly check in on your progress by visiting the site and reviewing the measures you’ve put into place. We want to make sure everything’s working as it should to boost biodiversity. If things aren’t quite on track, no problem. We’re here to offer advice and help you figure out the best steps to get your project back on course and meet your biodiversity goals.

A success story

We recently worked with Cheshire East Council on a housing development project. In such projects, it’s quite common to see a net loss in biodiversity due to the balance between construction and available land. To address this, the council needed an off-site solution to offset the biodiversity losses from their site. 

We bridged the gap between the council and two local landowners. Not only connecting them but also drafting a comprehensive management plan for creating and maintaining new habitats. 

We initiated the habitat creation process in 2022 and have been monitoring its progress. With regular site visits planned for this summer and the months to follow, we’re making sure that all obligations are being met and the new habitats are thriving. The council is well on its way to meeting its Biodiversity Net Gain target, making a significant positive impact on the local environment.

A win-win for nature and your project

Proactively planning for a Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) with our accredited ecology team smooths your project’s journey. We help you early on to understand any potential biodiversity losses, enabling proactive solutions rather than reactive adjustments later in the process. We may even connect you with providers for off-site solutions right away. 

This foresight benefits nature while enhancing your project’s success. Fulfil regulatory needs without surprises, strengthen your Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) credentials, and make your development more appealing to investors and the public.  

Uncover your development’s biodiversity potential and reach BNG effortlessly. Email or call 0121 828 4043 to tell us about your project.  

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