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Another eventful month has passed, one in which I believe we’re witnessing the formation of the natural capital market, with exciting announcements around Biodiversity Net Gain and updates to Countryside Stewardship. It’s also been a month marked by continual floods and flood warnings across the UK.
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.
Countryside Stewardship, administered by the Rural Payments Agency, is the flagship scheme for sustainable land management in England. It is designed to financially support farmers and landowners to implement measures that contribute to environmental conservation.
Wetlands are often overlooked and undervalued ecosystems, despite the pivotal role they play in sustaining life on Earth. They take many different forms across landscapes, from estuaries and peat bogs to marshes and floodplains.
This month, we’re introducing our new blog series “Updates from Defra”. Each month, the team at Defra send us their updates, and we’ll share the top picks which we believe are important and helpful for you, our community of Land App users, here on the blog.
January has been a fantastic start for us here at Land App, as we continue to make progress on our projects with the DEFRA departments about managing the natural capital market.
Recently, we announced our partnership with UKHab Ltd, helping to bring efficiency, consistency, and accuracy to the way habitat assessments are carried out.
The UK Habitat Classification system (also referred to as UKHab) is a coding system used for surveying and classifying habitats when conducting a habitat assessment. By assigning specific ecological features a primary habitat code, secondary code, and condition score, it enables ecosystems to be mapped with accuracy and detail.
Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is a central policy for both development and conservation in England, introducing a new focus to the way we approach land development. This blog explores what BNG is: its key points, purpose, and why it matters to various stakeholders.
As the land management sector begins the transition to digital mapping in earnest, habitat mapping has become more sophisticated, and important. Habitat assessments will play an important role in new environmental land management schemes, developments for Biodiversity Net Gain, Landscape Recovery and so much more…
In this case study, Chris Cary, Senior Rural Surveyor at Woolley & Wallis details how his company has fully embraced Land App and explains how the mapping platform now acts as an integral tool to their planning and development department. Chris outlines that “we are heavily involved with rural planning, with instructions ranging from the positioning of Milk Vending Machines to the conversion of whole farmsteads into housing or commercial estates. Whatever the job, Land App proves invaluable for every application in some shape or form”.
Issues around land use, food systems, and farming have never been more pressing. As COP28 – the global climate conference – draws to a close, our Communications Lead, Tristan O’Leary, reflects on the outcomes and their impacts for land use and farming in the UK.
We’re proud to announce the launch of our partnership with UKHab LTD, helping to improve the quality of digital habitat mapping across the land sector. By teaming up, we’re making habitat mapping swift and reliable for everyone – whether you’re working on baselines, habitat banking, natural capital portfolios, Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG), or more…
Albanwise Environment, the Environment team of the 10,500 hectare Albanwise Wallace Estates, are in the process of using Land App to help understand their natural capital baseline, potential for Biodiversity Net Gain and their role in Landscape Recovery. Recently, we caught up with Director Mike Edwards, and Angus Wells, Woodland and Technical Manager, to discuss how Land App supports their environmental projects. From spatial planning and strategising land use at the landscape scale, to instantly calculating a “Best-Guess UKHab Baseline ” across all 10,500 hectares, here’s how Albanwise are taking their land management to the next level…
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.
This week we caught up with Harriet Bell, Head of Regenerative Farming at Riverford, who explains how they use Land App to map supply chains and monitor nature-friendly farming, reducing environmental impact from plant to plate.
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.