This is a comprehensive baseline assessment of existing biodiversity and habitats in the project area using Natural England’s Biodiversity Metric 4.0. This assessment details the presence of different species, habitat types and other ecological characteristics.
Habitat types and distribution is mapped throughout the project area to track changes over time. GIS and other forms of remote sensing technology can be used to generate these maps. Measurement of ecosystem services like pollination, water purification, and carbon sequestration can also be conducted as a way of measuring wider positive impacts of BNG.
The assessment is used to calculate the number of units which could be created through appropriate habitat management and creation.