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Biodiversity Offsets

Testing a Possible Method for Measuring Biodiversity Losses and Gains at Bardon Hill Quarry, UK


Helen Temple, Bob Edmonds, Bill Butcher, Jo Treweek - The Biodiversity Consultancy, SLR Consulting, Treweek Environmental Consultants






Introduction Biodiversity offsets can be defined as ‘measurable conservation outcomes resulting from actions designed to compensate for significant residual adverse biodiversity impacts arising from project development after appropriate prevention and mitigation measures have been taken’ (BBOP 2009). The goal of biodiversity offsets is to achieve no net loss (or preferably a net gain) of biodiversity on the ground. Biodiversity offsets are required by law in a number of countries (reviewed by Biodiversity Neutral Initiative 2005, McKenney and Kiesecker 2010), and have been adopted voluntarily by a small but growing set of private sector companies with ‘no net loss’ or ‘net positive impact’ policies (e.g. Rio Tinto 2004 and 2008, TEEB 2010). The potential for greater use of biodiversity offsets in the UK and the EU is currently being investigated. Case Study: Bardon Hill Quarry The case study is a proposed extension to Bardon Hill Quarry, Leicestershire, owned by Aggregate Industries UK Ltd (Holcim Group). Application has been made for planning permission for a 66 ha extension, yielding 130 mT of pre-Cambrian rock over the next 50 years. The application has been submitted but not yet approved. Bardon Hill is a 500 ha estate consisting mainly of low-intensity pasture and arable, with woodland and lowland heath.


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Release Date: December 2010
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