Increasing environmental sustainability for Planning and Construction using the power of environmental DNA to conduct biodiversity audits.

Biodiversity is crucial in sustaining societies and economies.

The significance of improving biodiversity has become a defining factor of sustainable development. 21st century approaches in planning and construction aim to safeguard local biodiversity through designing development projects that achieve no net loss of biodiversity or create a biodiversity net gain (BNG). These require 21st century monitoring technology.

We have successfully applied our methodologies to this sector, equipping clients with the tools, solutions and bespoke approaches required to illustrate commitments to Net Gain throughout all stages of the development.

 

Getting started with a complete biodiversity audit has never been simpler.

Unlock biodiversity data with NatureMetrics’ eDNA kits. Our kits are easy-to-use, validated and contain all you need to start sampling right away.

You will benefit from complete eDNA analysis, combined with our expert interpretation of the biodiversity present and advice on any mitigation that is required.

NatureMetrics translates your samples into an easy-to-read report that empowers you to make the best decisions for your project. 

You can benefit from our collective knowledge in integrating innovative approaches throughout the project lifecycle to capture local biodiversity data using environmental DNA (eDNA). The power of this data enables you to make informed decisions in both the regulatory context and  in identifying opportunities within the biodiversity mitigation hierarchy (Avoid, Minimise, Restore, Offset).

Understand Your Environmental Impact; because that which is measured can be improved.

We understand the challenges facing the industry in conducting efficient and effective biodiversity surveys and environmental management plans that ensure the development or change of land use is compliant with the full spectrum of environmental regulations and stakeholder expectations.

Conventional methods of assessing biodiversity can be ill-equipped to deliver the data required for robust, evidence-based decision-making or defining demonstrations of no net loss or Net Gain. Surveying can also be labour-intensive and require large teams of specialists to visit sites, with attached Health and Safety risks.  

We apply DNA methods such as qPCR and Metabarcoding to search for the DNA of specific species, or uncover the full community composition of many species found in a sample. Should your surveys identify the presence of species protected by law in your region or are high risk due to their conservation status then your data can be used to start mitigation plans that safeguard species present within the area, ensuring all development work executed follows legislation. We can also help to identify other key risks such as invasive species or even human disease vectors which have risen quickly up the agenda as species to watch.

You can survey for multiple key groups at once, such as Fish, Crayfish, Amphibians and Mammals from a single filtered water sample. This data accessibility can remove the need for specialists in the field, and conserves time and resources, creating more safe and effective sampling.

 

Just some of the legislative and best-practice measures NatureMetrics’ DNA-monitoring services complement:

The Biodiversity Metric 2.0
Habitats Directive

The Water Framework Directive (WFD)

The Biodiversity Metric 2.0. can be used to calculate a biodiversity baseline and forecast biodiversity losses and gains, whether on or off-site, resulting from development or land management changes. The metric empowers land managers and developers to implement changes to land use or design new sites in a way that increases its value to nature as time progresses. Our tools enable the addition of direct species community data to demonstrate the real progress being made in delivering biodiversity net gain within such a scheme. This can help guide an adaptive management approach to optimise outcomes for biodiversity.

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Whilst many developers and contractors can see that their land contains certain species, it can be much harder to recognise whether or not it hosts protected habitats. These can include a large variety of self-contained environments, breeding sites and resting places, protected flowers and invasive plants, all of which need recording in your planning application. Analysing environmental samples such as soil or faeces, can identify protected or invasive species, such as Great Crested Newts, Bats and Otters, offering more concrete evidence for mitigation.

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The Water Framework Directive (WFD) realises a framework for the protection of inland surface waters, transitional waters, coastal waters and groundwater aiming to prevent further deterioration and to protect and enhance the status of aquatic ecosystems and the terrestrial ecosystems and wetlands that are directly dependent upon them. Our CEO, Dr Kat Bruce, is part of the leadership team of DNAqua-net, an EU COST Action project to standardise DNA-based approaches for integration into Water Framework Directive monitoring.

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Analysing Environmental Impacts

Biodiversity analysis for sustainable planning & construction.

You can unlock biodiversity data with NatureMetrics’ eDNA kits. Our kits are easy-to-use, validated and contain all you need to start sampling right away.

We can help you to develop and scope the biodiversity surveys that are required to accompany your Environmental Permit or Planning Application to the Local Planning Authority or Environment Agency, or measure environmental impacts of your activities across a designated time period. Where necessary we can design your surveys to fit the exact requirements of your project.

Samples you can send to our labs for analysis:
Soil and Sediment
Water
Faeces
Invertebrates
    We will work closely with you surveying for protected species including:
    • Protected species (including Great Crested Newts, otters, bats, and dormice)
    • Water voles
    • Terrestrial invertebrates
    • Aquatic invertebrates
    • White-clawed crayfish
    • Badgers
    • Amphibians
    • Birds

    You will benefit from complete eDNA analysis, combined with our expert interpretation of the biodiversity present and advice on any mitigation that is required. 

    NatureMetrics translates your samples into an easy-to-read report that empowers you to make the best decisions for environmentally sustainable planning and construction.

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    Planning for Environmental Management

    For your long-term development projects, we can support you in planning for environmental management with bespoke surveys that fits your timelines and requirements, and that can adapt over time in line with new findings and stages in your project lifecycle.

    As well as supplying your eDNA kits and analysis for long-term monitoring, you can leverage our expertise in the areas of:

    • Environmental Policy Guidance
    • Training
    • Environmental Project Tender Support

    You can access our industry expertise in realising your project-specific and corporate Environmental Policies.

    We will provide you with the knowledge, data and tools required to assess and benchmark your environmental performance, informing best practices in managing the environmental effects of your operations.

    Are you looking to empower your people with the skills to manage complete biodiversity surveying projects?

    You can benefit from bespoke training from our scientists and environmental advisors. We’ll work with you to understand and translate your needs into engaging educational resources, that we can deliver as workshops, face-to-face or virtually.

    Ensure your Ecological Clerk of Works and ESG teams are empowered with the knowledge and practical skills to apply best practice in biodiversity management across your project lifecycles or company value chain.

    Are you preparing to submit your tender bid?

    Our team can work with you to review the biodiversity considerations throughout your bid strategy. We can help you showcase your commitment to the environment through measurable processes and technologies that are at the heart of innovation.