This month brings World Wetlands Day, especially poignant this year as awareness around the biodiversity crisis increases whilst flooding events worsen in severity and consistency. I sat down with Ian Wilkinson, director at FarmED, to discuss wetlands and natural flood management, and their integral role in farming with nature – and people – in mind.
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.
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.
Our latest case study explores the impressive work being undertaken by the Winchester to River Test Landscape Recovery Project. Combining the efforts of some 40 farmers across 40,000 acres, the farming cluster is a testament to how impactful coordinating Countryside Stewardship (CS) across a landscape can be.
This case study explores the valuable role played by geospatial data in landscape recovery and the trading of ecosystem services and how it both streamlines projects, acts as a cost saving tool and promotes accuracy. We outline our work as official mapping partners with the sector-leading Wendling Beck Environment Project.