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What is a Biodiversity Net Gain Assessment?

A Biodiversity Net Gain Assessment is used to compare the baseline conditions to post-development plans with the Biodiversity Net Gain which is achieved (if) the post-development plans provide a net improvement to the biodiversity of a site.

The following steps are used to calculate biodiversity net gain or loss

  • A field survey is undertaken to collect pre-development habitat data.
  • The Post-development habitat data is assessed and defined using the landscaping plans.
  • The Pre-development habitat data and post-development habitat data are then converted into ‘biodiversity units’ using a biodiversity metric, with additional biodiversity units which may be added to post-development data using offsite compensation or biodiversity credits.
  • The Biodiversity Net Gain or Loss is then calculated using the difference between the pre-development and post-development habitat data.

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