Tristan O'Leary

Biodiversity Net Gain – Sorely needed investment for nature policy set to kick in

The 12 February 2024 marks the formal launch of the much-awaited policy Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG), where a net 10% improvement in biodiversity becomes mandatory for major developers (residential developments with 10 or more dwellings), whether on-site, or by “purchasing” biodiversity credits from “off-site” providers. BNG will apply to small sites (9 dwellings or less) in April 2024, and for nationally significant infrastructure projects in 2025. It is hoped this policy will provide much-needed funding for land owners and managers to support improvements to the natural environment and ecological resilience.

Introducing the EWCO Checker Tool: A case study with Nicholsons 

To coincide with the release of the EWCO Checker Tool in partnership with the Forestry Commission, we caught up with the team at Nicholsons – a family business offering environmental and ecological consultancy services along with garden and woodland design – to learn what they’re loving about the new tool, the opportunities presented by the England Woodland Creation Offer and how it’s helping to support landowners and farmers to plant woodlands on their less productive land.