8th September 22

Adlington Hall leads the way for Biodiversity Net Gain

It is no secret that we here at Adlington Hall are huge advocates for a better environment for us humans and all animals alike. With the Environmental Crisis becoming more worrying by the day, it is up to us all to do what we can to limit the worsening of the environment and its inhabitants.

Earth.org  wrote an in-depth article on the 13 Biggest Environmental Problems of 2022. No 4 on the list is Biodiversity Loss, it explains that;
‘The past 50 years have seen a rapid growth of human consumption, population, global trade and urbanisation, resulting in humanity using more of the Earth’s resources than it can replenish naturally.
A recent WWF report found that the population sizes of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians have experienced a decline of an average of 68% between 1970 and 2016. The report attributes this biodiversity loss to a variety of factors, but mainly land-use change, particularly the conversion of habitats, like forests, grasslands and mangroves, into agricultural systems. Animals such as pangolins, sharks and seahorses are significantly affected by the illegal wildlife trade, and pangolins are c ritically endangered because of it.
More broadly, a recent analysis has found that the sixth mass extinction of wildlife on Earth is accelerating. More than 500 species of land animals are on the brink of extinction and are likely to be lost within 20 years; the same number were lost over the whole of the last century. The scientists say that without the human destruction of nature, this rate of loss would have taken thousands of years.’

This brings us to a new up concept known as Biodiversity Net Gain, an approach which aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state than beforehand. Behind the scenes, for quite some time, we have been working closely with Meller Speakman and Tyler Grange, to look at ways the Adlington Hall Estate can help with this. With the help of Meller Speakman and Tyler Grange we identified and allocated land suitable for habitat enhancements to meet the demands of existing and emerging local policy surrounding Biodiversity Net Gain.

We are extremely proud to be one of the very first landowners to pioneer this approach and offer land for fulfilling off-site BNG ‘units’ to developers in Cheshire. We have set aside an area of 27.5 hectares (68 acres). The area comprises species-poor grassland, currently maintained as pasture via intensive cattle and sheep grazing which is typically low in biodiversity value. The scheme offers scope for considerable BNG uplift through the creation of more species diverse grassland, tree / scrub, and hedgerow planting.

Adlington Hall Estate’s BNG scheme is available to developers that are working on projects where the development would result in an overall loss in biodiversity value which cannot be accommodated on-site. Using off-site habitat creation methods ensures the development remains compliant with local policy BNG requirements.

The Adlington Estate BNG scheme has already attracted interest from developers. Tyler Grange was appointed as the ecological consultants leading on the delivery of the habitat creation and management and continue to provide links between the estate and the developer market in Cheshire.

Source of information, including full article detailing more click here.

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