Bigger, better, more joined up!

Join us for a discussion on Biodiversity Net Gains and Building with Nature.

This month, the Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has finally launched the long-awaited Environment Bill. Amongst other things, the Bill addresses the governance gaps in environmental legislation that will be created when we leave the EU.

The Environment Bill sits alongside the Government’s longer-term objective for “this, to be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than that in which we inherited it.” It makes long-term, legally binding targets for “priority areas” including biodiversity, along with the production of statutory “Environmental Improvement Plans”, the first of which was the 25 year Environment Plan (Jan, 2018).

The 25 year Environment Plan focused on requirements for developers to achieve “biodiversity net gains” of 10% through the planning system. The Environment Bill now legislates for the creation of the net gain requirement and expands the duty on relevant authorities from just “conserving” to “conserving and enhancing” biodiversity. This gain will be measured using a biodiversity metric that has been developed by Defra.

Burton Reid will be hosting an upcoming “Ecology Briefing” on November 15th 2019 on Biodiversity Net Gains and Building with Nature. The Ecology Briefing will focus on providing industry professionals with a forum for discussion facilitated by keynote speakers and informal networking.

The subject for the upcoming event is Bigger, Better, More Joined Up! Keynote speakers include Tom Butterworth and Jenni Reid.

Tom leads work on Biodiversity Net Gain for WSP supporting a wide range of organizations to meet their BNG objectives. He was one of the authors of the UK’s industry BNG guide and has over 20 years’ experience working for wildlife. Over this time, Tom has led practical management of SSSIs, developed local, regional and national biodiversity strategies and policies, led programs of research and managed the delivery of the Government’s biodiversity strategy.

Jenni Reid is Director of Burton Reid and an Approved Building with Nature Assessor.

She has published articles for the Society for the Environment and CIEEM In Practice on green infrastructure and supports local communities to create their “green vision”. She regularly organises events and CPD training for industry professionals and is a champion for interdisciplinary collaboration. She is committed to ensuring the best outcomes for people, place and nature and to working alongside developers and design teams to achieve these goals.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

2:00pm – Arrivals and networking
2:30pm – Keynote and Q&A (Tom Butterworth, WSP “Biodiversity Net Gains”)
3:00pm – Keynote and Q&A (Jenni Reid, Burton Reid, Building with Nature)
3:30pm – Networking
4:00pm – Event close

When and where? 2:00PM – 4:00PM November 15th at “Emerge” Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3RP.

RSVP: If you’d like to attend we’d love to see you there. To confirm your attendance please email me at or call the office on 01364 701150

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