The Environment Bank

Brokering a better deal for biodiversity

At the Environment Bank, we generate investment in wildlife conservation through biodiversity enhancement including via biodiversity offsetting. We work with landowners, developers, planning authorities and conservationists to prevent biodiversity and habitat loss and to help development become more environmentally sustainable.

About the Environment Bank

Biodiversity offsetting

Through biodiversity offsetting we can determine the impact of development on wildlife habitats and secure funding to enable the re-creation and restoration of those habitats in alternative locations within the surrounding area. These alternative sites are managed for conservation and help improve wildlife connectivity in the greater countryside. It is a process that sits alongside existing planning policy and environmental protection laws – like a safety net to prevent biodiversity loss. You can find out more about the advantages of biodiversity offsetting in our information sheets The Advantages of a Mandatory System and Busting the Offsetting Myths

How it works

Offsetting is an unbiased and quantitive system used to assess impact to biodiversity from development and calculate the amount of compensation required. Biodiversity offsetting is only used when the development is to be granted approval and the mitigation hierarchy has been followed. Government-approved metrics are used to evaluate both biodiversity impact sites and offsetting receptor sites, so that no net loss – and preferably gain – of biodiversity is achieved.


Biodiversity offsetting is happening across the UK right now. Here you can view a map of registered offsetting sites and read about some of the projects we are working with. If you are looking to start an offsetting scheme like this, we can help you to achieve it:

Register land

Do you own land that could be registered to receive biodiversity offset funding? We are always looking for new sites so, if you have some land that you'd like to put into long-term nature conservation management in return for financial payment, we can help you do that.

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Biodiversity offsetting news

Toolkit for Local Planning Authorities

We will soon have a biodiversity offsetting toolkit for planners and local authority ecologists - get yourself on the list and we'll send you a copy.

More news

QC's experience with offsetting in Essex

In a recent PlanningResource article, Stephen Tromans QC, talks about his own experience representing developers who recently secured planning permission for housing on an area of grassland in Thaxted, Essex.