Introducing our Biodiversity Design Guide

12th March 2024
Introducing our Biodiversity Design Guide

To combat the biodiversity crisis we’re facing, it’s crucial to take every opportunity to explore how to maximise biodiversity in all projects we work on.

Taking action on this also aligns with meeting Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) requirements which are now in place.

‘Maximising Biodiversity Through Design’ is our new step-by-step resource to guide built environment professionals through the wide-ranging and sometimes complex subject of designing for nature.

With the triple emergency of climate change, biodiversity loss, and their related public health impacts, built and natural environmental professionals need to work together to create high-quality places that put people and nature at the heart of design.

This timely guide keeps it simple, helping enhance biodiversity within and beyond the development boundary to benefit both people and wildlife.”

– Dr Gemma Jerome, FLI, Director and Co-Founder of Building with Nature

Simple, actionable advice

Designed for anyone involved in shaping the built environment—from clients to project teams—the guide outlines a concise, but robust set of concepts to embed biodiversity in the design process from the start.

Unlike traditional approaches that often silo nature considerations within landscape design, our guide takes a multi-disciplinary approach that can apply to developments of all scales.

By offering practical advice and strategies, we hope to inspire a shift in how projects integrate, preserve, and promote biodiversity. The guide shares:

  • Clear strategies to embed biodiversity from the beginning of a project.
  • Clear strategies to design the landscape and built form for biodiversity.
  • Illustrated principles of a biodiverse development.
  • What Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is and how it affects new developments.
  • The benefits of going beyond the 10% BNG minimum.
  • The long-term financial benefits of embedding biodiversity into projects.

The first of four guides

‘Maximising Biodiversity Through Design’ is the first of four guides in our ‘Emergencies’ series, with the following set to follow in the coming months:

  • Transitioning to Net Zero Carbon
  • Health & Wellbeing Designed-In
  • Towards A Circular Built Environment

These guides stem from the awareness that amid the plethora of available information on sustainability, much of it is unwieldy and complex, and therefore often inaccessible or impractical for those immersed in the day-to-day planning, design, and management of projects.

Through concise and targeted guidance, each guide aims to equip busy professionals with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions that prioritise climate, wellbeing, biodiversity and a circular economy.

Download the guide here.

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