Ecology and Biodiversity

Graphene from slurry

For those with an interest in these things there was a story on the Farming Programme this morning about a “world first” at Worthy Farm – home of the Glastonbury Festival...

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BNG credits and the off-site market

“Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is now mandatory for planning applications for both major and minor developments. Developments that cannot create the required 10% BNG on-site will be able to purchase BNG...

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Extension of APR

As called for in the Rock Review, and following the call for evidence and consultation that was announced last year, the Chancellor, The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, has used the...

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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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