Sharing Good Practice: Implications of Wildlife Legislation for Development

Sharing Good Practice: Implications of Wildlife Legislation for Development

Ahead of upcoming changes to wildlife policy and legislation, Kirsty Kirkham (Director) and David Stiles (Senior Ecologist) were invited to talk to the University of Sheffield Estates and Facilities Management Teams.

The presentation looked at the practicalities of managing ecological issues that might arise as part of planning a proposed development, within the context of current biodiversity legislation and policy guidance. It then went on to focus on the implications of Brexit, the draft environment bill and how to navigate the risks and opportunities associated with biodiversity net gain.

David used a recent University of Sheffield development as a case study illustrating what successful integration of biodiversity and development at an early stage looks like in practice. This development has delivered positive biodiversity measures including long term habitat improvements for protected species.

Feedback from the session was positive. Mark Holden, Head of Estates Development, University of Sheffield, said: “The training was extremely useful. I found the information around biodiversity net gain particularly relevant.”

Gaynor Bradshaw-Willson, Project Manager, Estates Development, added: “The session helped me to fully understand the impact of the new legislation.”

Further Advice

If you are a developer, planner or architect and would like strategic advice on the risks and opportunities provided by biodiversity net gain, or more specific, project-level advice on dealing with potential or emerging net gain issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Top Image: Artificial badger sett creation at The University of Sheffield

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