Biodiversity Net Gain Training Courses

CIEEM provides a range of training courses for BNG Practitioners. These are all aligned with the CIEEM Competency Framework. Below is a summary of the key BNG related courses currently on offer.

Designing for Biodiversity Net Gain

This course is for individuals wishing to advance their skills in designing biodiversity net gain for development projects. Through presentations, case studies and practical work, the course focuses on designing biodiversity net gain (BNG) for various types, sizes and locations of development projects including small-scale to large-scale, as well as rural and urban locations.

The training covers BNG during the early stages of a project through to ecological impact assessments and the design stage. It touches on how BNG can influence core project decisions such as master planning and optioneering, and the role of local planning authorities in embedding BNG within planning functions. The core element of the training is designing BNG, this includes: applying the mitigation hierarchy; habitat trading, ecological equivalency, promoting connecting, achieving additionality, and offsetting losses with gains elsewhere as the final stage of the mitigation hierarchy.

This training will be covered by two 3 hour online Zoom sessions.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand biodiversity net gain in the context of the UK good practice principles, national strategy and planning policy.
  2. Undertake key aspects of designing biodiversity net gain including trading rules and additionality.
  3. Understand good practice for evidencing biodiversity net gain at consents and planning stage.

Biodiversity Metric V3.1 Training

This course is based on the Biodiversity Metric V3.1 (Natural England, 2022). It provides training on undertaking metric calculations for a development and its direct impacts on habitats. It also provides training on utilising Biodiversity Metric V3.1 to support designs of Biodiversity Net Gain both on and off-site.

Please note that this course does not cover details on Designing Biodiversity Net Gain for a development, or the River and Streams component of Metric V3.1 or on Habitat Condition Assessments. Other CIEEM training courses are available on these aspects.

We understand that Natural England will be hosting a consultation on Biodiversity Metric V3.1 and an updated version might be released later this year.

This training will be covered by three 3 hour online Zoom sessions.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Undertake a Biodiversity Metric V3.1 calculation of the baseline of a development site.
  2. Undertake a Biodiversity Metric V3.1 calculation of direct impacts on habitats from a development.
  3. Use Biodiversity Metric V3.1 to support the design of Biodiversity Net Gain.

 

Introduction to the Rivers and Streams Metric for Biodiversity Net Gain

This course will provide an introduction to the Rivers and Streams Metric and how to proceed with a Rivers and Streams metric assessment, explaining

  • its context as part of the wider Biodiversity Metric v3.1 ;
  • the seven individual components that make up the Rivers and Streams metric;
  • what information is needed for each component in order to complete the Biodiversity Metric v3.1 River Metric spreadsheet, and how to access it;
  • how to approach a Rivers and Streams metric assessment for different types of project

This training will be covered by two 3 hour online Zoom sessions.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand what the Biodiversity Metric v3.1 River Metric is, what it includes and how it differs from the other area and linear habitat metrics
  2. Identify what data and wider information is needed to calculate River Metric Units using the Biodiversity Metric v3.1 spreadsheet
  3. Know where to find the necessary guidance and support options for calculating the River Condition Assessment
  4. Plan a River Metric assessment at a typical development site (using a case study examples)
  5. Plan and identify additional support options for a River Metric assessment at a more complex development site (using case study examples)

Using UKHab for Biodiversity Net Gain

This course will introduce environmental practitioners to the interface between Natural England’s Biodiversity Metric 3.1 and UKHab. The course focusses upon the design of baseline habitat surveys and condition assessment for BNG and discusses feasibility and design of projects that have made a commitment to biodiversity net gain. The course will be taught in 2 online sessions with plenty of time allowed for discussion.

UKHab is the emerging standard for habitat survey across the country and underpins Natural England’s Biodiversity Metric, understanding UKHab and how BNG work together will be essential for all ecologists working on development planning project.

The course is aimed at consultant and local authority ecologists with experience of habitat survey. This course will introduce environmental practitioners to the interface between Natural England’s Biodiversity Metric 3.1 and UKHab. The course makes specific reference to UK Good Practice Guidance, including CIEEM-CIRIA-IEMA Good Practice Principles for BNG, British Standard BS8683:2021 and the CIEEM BNG Report Templates.

The course focuses on the application of BNG in relation to development and land use planning in terrestrial habitats. Practical experience of UKHab surveys and the use of NE’s BNG Metric is not strictly required, but would be beneficial.

The course focusses upon the design of baseline habitat surveys for BNG and discusses feasibility and design of projects that have made a commitment to biodiversity net gain.
There is a short homework exercise introduced at the end of the first session which is discussed on Day 2.

This training will be covered by two 3 hour online Zoom sessions.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Gain knowledge of the structure of UKHab and it’s resources.
  2. Confidently identify and map UKHab using digital data and in the field.
  3. Understand the importance of the survey planning and design.
  4. Understand approaches to defining habitat condition and how this relates to habitat classification.
  5. Interpret UKHab data and how it relates to DEFRA Metric 2.0.
  6. Understand limitations and constraints of BNG and how to report them.
  7. Understand how to prepare a UKHab and BNG Report for planning applications.
  8. Explore the use of UKHab for monitoring delivery of BNG.

How to book

If you are interested in attending any of the above courses, then have a look at our Training and Events listing for the latest occurrence of each course. Alternatively, email training@cieem.net with your details and which course(s) you are interested in.

Bespoke courses

If you would like one of our training courses to be delivered for your organisation or team then please fill in the request form and the team will be in contact with you.