NPPF 2018: Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Net Gain

This is the first of a series of short articles on biodiversity and the new NPPF. Here, we summarise what the guidance has to say about sustainable development and biodiversity net gain. We also look at whether we are now clearer about how net gain is to be measured, and whether we are likely to see more consistency in its application by local planning authorities and decision taking.

BSG WINS CIEEM Best Ecology Consultancy Award

We are delighted to announce that BSG Ecology has been awarded the best medium scale ecology consultancy of the year award by CIEEM, the leading professional membership body representing and supporting professional ecologists and environmental managers. The award provides recognition of the technical excellence of BSG’s work, our commitment to developing our staff and our efforts in promoting the profession.

Philippa Harvey

We lost a treasured colleague on May 4th this year. Philippa was diagnosed with cancer in July 2017. She’d been doing a good job of ignoring it, as best she could, getting out into the Peak to walk Bridie, her beloved border terrier, and was hopeful for the future. She died after a short spell in St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield.

Dr Peter Shepherd joins Natural England’s Bat Expert Panel

Natural England recently announced the formation of a Bat Expert Panel which is comprised of 10 nationally recognised experts from the academic, commercial and NGO and SNCO sectors. Members of the panel have been selected for their strong track record in bat conservation. BSG Ecology is delighted that Dr Peter Shepherd has been one of the experts invited to be a member of the panel.  

Stonewort Training, Peterborough

In October 2017, three staff from BSG’s Oxford office spent a day with national stonewort expert Nick Stewart[1], brushing up on their identification skills.

MPA’s ‘Quarries & Nature 2017 – ‘Appreciating Assets’ event

BSG Ecology Partner Steven Betts attended the MPA’s ‘Quarries & Nature 2017 – ‘Appreciating Assets’ event, which was hosted by BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today presenter Sybil Ruscoe, on Thursday 19 October at The Royal Society, London.  The event was attended by a range of environmental and conservation organisations as well as industry operators to celebrate the industry’s contribution to nature conservation.