BSG Ecology completes Biodiversity Net Gain calculations and assessments for a wide range of projects. We are experienced in helping clients understand and navigate their way through this emerging element of the development process.
BSG Ecology has an excellent understanding of the policy basis for Net Gain, how this varies across the UK, the use of Biodiversity Offsetting metric calculators, and how to manage Net Gain requirements.

Our team is able to provide advice and support at all stages of the development process including:

  • Pre-planning land assembly: we can help clients determine what the Net Gain implications and potential costs for potential development projects are before the planning process commences. This includes identifying the likely amount and type of land required for a development to deliver Net Gain without third party support, options for working with land owners, potential key requirements of future masterplans, contributing factual information to inform viability assessments and how to avoid unexpected costs at the end of the planning process and potential delays in achieving consent;
  • Baseline survey work: we have a large team of ecologists trained and experienced in gathering relevant additional information required on habitat condition to enable Biodiversity Offsetting metric calculations to be made;
  • GIS expertise: our GIS consultants manage offsetting metric data and completing biodiversity offset calculations. They are experienced in providing different offsetting scenarios to inform the selection of the most effective solution for our clients’ Net Gain requirements;
  • Detailed design phase input: working within a wider project team, we can advise on the retention and management of important ecological features, habitat creation and restoration of habitats within development design. This provides Net Gain in line with national and local planning policies and biodiversity priorities (thereby increasing the chances of planning consent);
  • Planning conditions and obligations: working with the planning professionals and our clients to ensure that the proposed requirements are reasonable and proportionate to the development impacts and practical to deliver;
  • Delivery phase input: we have experience of helping clients find workable solutions to their Net Gain requirements either through delivery within land the client owns or controls, or through off-site options and agreements with third party landowners. We have expertise in designing and working with contractors to deliver habitat creation, restoration and enhancement and in preparing long-term site management plans so that future management costs can be calculated.

We work with our clients and other consultants (particularly soil scientists, hydrologists, engineers, and noise and air quality consultants) to ensure that proposed Net Gain options are deliverable and achieve maximum Net Gain in the minimum land requirement. We also have experience of liaising and negotiating with local authorities, conservation organisations and third parties to identify potential solutions to deliver the required level of Net Gain.

Whilst the majority of Net Gain calculations are currently based on habitats, we have experience of Net Gain projects for individual species such as cirl bunting and assemblages of species such as farmland birds. Allied to species Net Gain we can advise on District-wide licensing systems for great crested newt.