How APEM can help
APEM’s niche specialist teams offer their expertise in surveying and monitoring to clients throughout the planning and development process, in order to measure biodiversity net gain.
We provide a BNG plan to be submitted with the planning application.
Firstly, we carry out an assessment of biodiversity on the site of the proposed development and create a baseline with existing data. Our ecology team will work with you to identify how habitats may be impacted by a proposed development.
Our site surveys are mapped using UK Habitat Classification methodology, with aerial surveys used for inaccessible or large-scale areas. Our unique H2OVER® offering gives ultra-high resolution imagery to identify habitat types and model potential effects and options, which can be presented on a 3D visualisation for stakeholder engagement.
Using biodiversity metrics, we assess the quality of the site and look at restoring declining habitats or creating new ones. This information is translated into biodiversity ‘units’, enabling us to quantify biodiversity and therefore calculate net gain.
Our knowledgeable team of ecologists and GIS (geographical information systems) specialists will design habitat creation schemes to support the BNG process. Our experience in habitat restoration projects and mitigation design ranges from rewilding rivers to building artificial badger setts and more.
The APEM team will make recommendations to ensure your BNG obligations are met. Our assessments state the impact of the planned development and the team will work with you to agree to pragmatic ways forward to achieve these obligations.
Our consultancy and field teams enable you to deliver BNG projects in practice, ensuring that your development not only meets the statutory requirements, but also makes a measurable contribution to giving back to nature and our communities.