We provide expert advice to businesses on their approach to biodiversity issues, their strategic land management operations and their wider environmental activities. Biodiversity audits and land management recommendations can also help to improve environmental performance and decrease costs.
If an organisation wishes to gain formal recognition of its performance in this area The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark is an excellent way to achieve this.
Every organisation, regardless of size, sector or location depends in some way on the natural environment and those with responsibility for land management have a direct impact on biodiversity. Biodiversity Benchmark provides a framework within which an organisation can ensure that its impact is as positive as it can be by providing robust, independent verification of land management practices.
Biodiversity Benchmark is a standard for assessing and certifying an organisation’s systems for achieving continual biodiversity protection and enhancement on its landholdings and the implementation of these systems. The nature of certified sites varies and their effective management for wildlife contributes to enhancing biodiversity in a number of ways:
- Restore: Proactive management of existing wildlife rich sites and sites of conservation importance
- Recreate: Establishment of wildlife habitat on land previously used for other purposes
- Reconnect: Sites which contribute towards a network of habitats, enhancing the permeability of the landscape to wildlife
Biodiversity Benchmark can complement existing environmental management systems such as ISO14001 and EMAS by integrating biodiversity into the systems of an organisation. Alternatively, it can operate as a standalone system.