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Building a better future – Preparing for biodiversity net gain

Online | 30 Jun 2022 | 09:30am - 15:30pm

Who should attend?

  • Construction companies and developers
  • Landowners
  • Local planning authorities
  • Ecologists
  • Solicitors
  • Consultants (architects, designers, planning consultants and industry bodies)


The Government is continuing to impose tighter environmental regulations on the development and construction industry to protect the natural environment. The much-anticipated Environment Act 2021 brings in the introduction of a mandatory 10 per cent biodiversity net gain (BNG) requirement on every planning permission granted in England, no matter how big or small. BNG which will not be enforced until late 2023 at the earliest, will put nature and biodiversity centre stage of all future development projects. Are developers, landowners and local authorities ready for the mandating of BNG?

The House Briefing will explore the key elements of the BNG policy and its implications on new housing and major infrastructure developments. Hear first-hand from the Government, policy experts and leaders in the industry who will share their insight and offer practical guidance to prepare and be ready for the new mandatory BNG requirements. 

Key Takeaways:

  • How will BNG be incorporated into the planning system of England?
  • What will BNG mean for local authorities, developers and landowners?
  • Who is responsible for creating net gain and then managing and maintaining it long-term?
  • How will biodiversity be measured and whose responsibility will it be to measure it?
  • What are the costs involved?
  • What are the options for offsite biodiversity?

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Economics for Ecologists

TNFD, TCFD, ESG, risk, return, capital, value, disclosure, funds, bonds, loans, credit facilities, assets.

The endless acronyms (finance types have even more than us ecologists!) and confusing constructs can make the world of finance seem a little scary and irrelevant to what we do in the world of nature conservation.

In the near future, many ecologists will however benefit from at least a basic understanding of how sustainable finance systems work. This is thanks to an emerging regulatory standard from the Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). In this CIEEM blog post, Morgan Taylor explains more.

Green Roof training

Greening up our roof space is an obvious quick win to help improve biodiversity and mitigate climate change. Wildflower Turf are very excited to announce they are teaming up with the Living Roofs Academy (Bridgman & Bridgman) and Irrigation Engineers Ltd to deliver brand new face-to-face training this summer and autumn. 

Training dates:

  • Wednesday 22nd June - Hampshire Site RG25 3AW
  • Thursday 23rd June - Hampshire Site RG25 3AW
  • Wednesday 23rd November - Hampshire Site RG25 3AW
  • Thursday 24th November - Hampshire Site RG25 3AW

9:30am to 4:00pm – The day starts with an introduction to green roofs, their history, benefits and current market demand, followed by detailed design considerations and an in-depth look at proper irrigation kits and techniques, moving on to a group hands-on practical installation session on our new simulated green roof 'rigs' using sedum and Wildflower Turf and finishing off the day with a bit of troubleshooting and a few illustrative case studies. You will also qualify for a Lantra certificate of attendance. We lay on a delicious buffet lunch, with a constant supply of refreshments throughout the day and delicious cake to complete the afternoon! It is a packed day full of information and group interactivity which should set you up with an excellent working knowledge of green roof creation.

£299 + VAT per person.

 Email Stephanie  to book or call 01256 771222

Steer clear of baby deer!

A joint campaign is underway to inform members of the public about the need to give both pregnant or nursing deer and their young plenty of space when out enjoying the countryside. 

Over the coming weeks, from mid-May to July, people may discover newly-born deer hidden in the grass or undergrowth and might mistakenly assume that they have been abandoned Please do not touch, disturb or move them as usually, their mothers will not be far away.

 Read the full article 

Anglian Ecology - New training courses

Basic Bat Awareness & Bat Scoping CPD training courses

Friday, February 18th, Friday, February 25th, and Friday, March 25th, 2022

This is a full day of training specifically designed for those working with trees, in woodland management, or in the conservation sector, adding to continuing professional development and providing those who work with trees and woodlands with new skills. Successful participants will gain a certificate stating they have obtained the necessary skills to complete initial scoping surveys and secondary non-specialist surveys as recommended in the British Standard BS 8596:2015 Surveying for bats in trees and woodland - Guide.

For those who are interested in obtaining a Natural England Bat Licence, this course is a good introduction and counts as 8 hours toward this training.  

The cost of the day is £175, which includes all training, individual assessment and certification, lunch, tea/coffee and cakes! It also includes practical exercises in a privately owned semi-natural woodland to look at how to assess a tree for PRFs (Potential Roost Features). The course is run by two highly qualified practitioners, both of whom hold current Natural England Bat licences. 

To find out more about this course, please click here.

​Great Crested Newts CPD training courses

Friday, April 29th and Friday, May 6th 2022c

To find out more about this course, please click here.

NEW FOR 2022!

We are running training courses on dormouse ecology + surveying - available April to Oct, book your place here:

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