Nature based solutions
KWT Consultancy Services supports your work in enhancing natural resources to deliver biodiversity net gain, carbon storage and nutrient neutrality.
The UK government has set ambitious goals to protect and restore the natural environment within a generation.
In support of these goals, the government has committed to new laws that will make it mandatory for developments to deliver an overall increase in biodiversity, biodiversity net gain, so that biodiversity is in better condition after a development is completed.
We welcome this new policy, but also recognise the risk that this might not be realised. We support developers and ecologists to deliver what is being required by law, and to ensure that new habitat is being created in areas where it can make the biggest difference for wildlife. Kent Wildlife Trust and KWT Consultancy Services are working together to ensure this opportunity is not missed:
- By offering advice, ecological and land management expertise and design at the concept stage
- Supporting the biodiversity net gain metric build and BNG feasibility assessment
- By offering on site and off site solutions
- By providing and managing a long term off site nature based solution where relevant
- By ensuring biodiversity net gain investment will be properly targeted to return a real gain for nature and support a Nature Recovery Network in Kent
- By putting income from biodiversity net gain back into conservation work in Kent
Carbon storage and nutrient neutrality
The UK government has commissioned the Committee on Climate Change to explore how the UK can achieve net zero Carbon emissions by 2050. Land use and development will have an important role to play in achieving this goal.
Through the provision of biodiversity net gain, KWT Consultancy Services provide the essential ecological expertise, landscape and landscape scale design to ensure development and land management can achieve its commitments and much more, to enhance natural habitats to lock up as much carbon as possible and defend sensitive areas from seepage of nitrate.
We will work with clients to design in natural and cost effective solutions to enhance appropriate habitat, to offset and store carbon emissions and support a carbon net zero approach that enhances and protects the future of Kent’s woodland, wetland, water bodies, species rich grassland and heathland.
There is sound evidence that high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus input into the water environment are causing eutrophication at some of our most important designated sites (Integrated Water Management Study (IWMS) for South Hampshire – March 2018 commissioned by the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), with the Environment Agency and Natural England).
Achieving nutrient neutrality is one way to address the existing uncertainty surrounding the impact of new development on designated sites and ensure compliance with the Habitats Regulations.
Where development sites and land management risk additional damage through nitrate seepage into sensitive sites such as those designated for wildlife, we will advise and build in nature based design that captures nitrates at source, provides a landscape for people and nature and invests in offsite conservation work that leaves a real net gain at a scale significant enough to make a difference for wildlife.