News & Views

In this article we take a look at the new Environment Act and the implications of biodiversity gain as a forthcoming legal requirement, focusing on the latest developments in legislation and policy and the remaining uncertainties. The article also discusses the anticipated response of local planning authorities, as decision makers for development in England.

We are very proud to announce that for the fourth consecutive year BSG Ecology was short-listed for CIEEM’s prestigious Medium Consultancy of the Year Award in 2021. We won the award in both 2020 and 2018 and were highly commended this year and in 2019. Our continued success in this category is testimony to the collaborative efforts of our staff and is a great reflection of a wonderful team.

The UK Government plans to enact the Environment Bill before the end of 2021. This will make the delivery of biodiversity (net) gain through the development planning process in England mandatory. To demonstrate biodiversity gain, Defra and Natural England have developed a biodiversity metric ('the Defra metric'), which has gradually been refined through practical application, and has gone through a series of iterations.[1] 

BSG Ecology is delighted to have been short-listed for the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) best Medium (scale) Consultancy of the Year award. This is the fourth consecutive year we have been short-listed for the Medium Consultancy Award (we won the award in...

On 15th June BSG Director Kirsty Kirkham will be speaking at the joint MPA RTPI Minerals Planning Conference on Biodiversity Gain and Minerals. Kirsty’s talk will focus on the biodiversity provisions within the draft Environment Bill which will result in an amendment to the Town & Country Planning Act and require almost all development in England to demonstrate delivery of measurable biodiversity gain of at least 10%.  This will be calculated using a nationally applicable metric.
BSG Ecology’s Principal Ecologist Gareth Lang has developed a motion-sensitive infrared camera responsive enough to detect and monitor bat roosts. The camera has been designed to allow for more effective recording of bats emerging from or re-entering roosts than off-the-shelf trail cameras currently achieve.