Biodiversity Net Gain
Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is an approach used to improve a sites biodiversity value.
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Accounting for seasonal impact, time constraints and evolving legislation, if you’re aiming to sell habitat units in 2024, you need to act now. Mike Barker, Operational Director – Ecology, shares some key considerations for creating habitat banks and what we’ve learned from our projects so far.
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It’s important to determine which species will thrive in your habitat bank. Depending on the type of soil, different species will take, so it’s best to seek support from experts in your habitat type and location.
While the requirement was previously a minimum of ten species of grasses and flowers in a one-metre quadrat, it’s now a minimum of ten wildflower species. This is why semi-parasitic species like yellow rattle are vital in developing habitat banks, as it draws nutrients from the roots and weakens the grass, suppressing growth and allowing space for wildflowers to flourish. It’s worth considering pre-ordering yellow rattle if you’re aiming to restore your land as resources are currently very limited.
If you’re uncertain about the potential of some sites, be cautionary about which uplifts you can bank on. This process is going to become more challenging and time-consuming with the impending November BNG legislation.