Ecology and Biodiversity

Biodiversity net gain comes into force

“On 12 February 2024, the delivery of a minimum of 10% Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) became a statutory requirement for new applications for planning permission for major development.  On 2 April...

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Forest market report 2023

Tilhill and specialist land agency firm Goldcrest Land & Forestry Group have published their long running annual report into the state of the UK forestry market. For those involved in the...

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Mandatory BNG delayed

The Government has delayed the implementation of mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) to an unspecified date in January 2024. The delay comes 7 months after the original announcement that BNG would...

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Natural flood management funding

Expressions of interest for Defra’s new £25million ring fenced natural flood management fund open today (22 September 2023) and will close on 10 November 2023. Funding is available for projects that...

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Big brother is watching you

One of the drivers for the recent consultation on strengthening the legal framework for protecting hedges, on which we reported here, is the decoupling of the remaining BPS payments which means...

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Agriculture – a cause of global cooling

Thanks to a collaboration between researchers at the University of East Anglia, the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Cranfield University, we now know that agricultural land provides a source of the gas...

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Bees’ needs week

As our readers will already know, we are keen on the capabilities of bees. Despite the dire puns – which seems to be a regular feature of press releases with an...

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A b of very little brain

With apologies to A A Milne, the “b” in the title does, of course, refer to the bee not the bear. Most of our readers will already be aware of the...

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SFI 2023 offer

Farming Minister The Rt Hon Mark Spencer MP has announced the launch of the 2023 Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) offer today. This is the full expanded SFI offer and, in launching...

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