Biodiversity Survey and Report for Development
A biodiversity survey and report is a comprehensive study of the biological diversity within a particular area or ecosystem. The findings from this survey are then summarised and presented in a written document. The main purpose of a biodiversity survey and report is to provide a detailed assessment of the biodiversity of a particular area. This information can then be used to inform nature conservation decisions and protect existing biodiversity interests.
The report typically includes a description of the study area, the methods used to conduct the survey, and the results of the survey. This may include species lists, distribution maps, and ecological profiles of the area.
In addition to providing information about the biodiversity of the study area, a biodiversity survey and report may also include recommendations for conservation and management actions. These actions can help to protect and preserve the biodiversity of the area. This may include recommendations for habitat and species reintroduction, and other biodiversity enhancements aimed at improving the ecological health of the area.
Why is a biodiversity survey and report required?
Biodiversity net gain will soon become mandatory due to the The Environment Act that will be introduced in 2023. This act will introduce the requirement to deliver biodiversity net gain (BNG) for all proposed developments in England. As a result of this, the measures proposed could affect many planning applications for developments. This is because they will now be unable to proceed until local planning authorities are satisfied that the required biodiversity standards have been met.
Therefore, providing biodiversity surveys and reports alongside methods for achieving Biodiversity Net Gain within a development’s proposal will soon become essential in order to receive the appropriate planning permission.
Biodiversity surveys can also help to identify further specific surveys that may need to be undertaken on a site. This could include protected species surveys, phase 1 habitat surveys and other ecological surveys.
How can Collington Winter assist?
Our team of biodiversity consultants have helped a wide range of clients over the years to meet the biodiversity requirements of local planning authorities to obtain planning permission. We have conducted biodiversity surveys and reports on development sites across the UK. We can assist clients during the early stages of development and planning.
Delivering biodiversity net gain is now essential for all future development projects. Therefore, it is important to contact an experienced biodiversity net gain consultant for the guidance needed.
Please feel free to get in touch if you would like further information about biodiversity net gain assessments or BNG plans. We are happy to offer free CPD sessions on the BNG Principles and how we can help your schemes achieve this.