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Devon is now home to the country’s first registered “habitat bank“, a 3.2-hectare site in Duryard Valley Park, developed through collaboration between Devon County Council, Exeter City Council, and BioGains Limited.

This initiative responds to the Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) planning laws, mandating developments to achieve a biodiversity increase of over 10%. 

If developers can’t enhance habitats on-site, they can buy from a habitat bank. The Exeter Habitat Bank will primarily focus on lowland meadow enhancement, hedgerow creation, and scrub areas.

 BioGains Ltd plans to launch more habitat banks across Devon. The new regulations mandate legal protection for habitat banks for 30 years via agreements with planning authorities or Conservation Covenants.

How Is This Helping Devon Reach Net-Zero?   

Goal FD – The Potential for Land to Address the Climate and Ecological Emergencies is Being Used to Maximum Effect

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