Biodiversity benchmark

Biodiversity Benchmark

13 organisations with certified sites
Over 8,500ha of land managed
53 sites certified

We believe that we can achieve more for wildlife by working together, everyone has a part to play in achieving nature's recovery.

Landowning businesses can be a positive force for nature’s recovery and we want to recognise and celebrate those businesses which have achieved excellence. The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark is the only standard that certifies management of your business landholdings for wildlife.

Biodiversity Benchmark is designed to complement ISO14001 and tests the design and implementation of a business’s management systems to achieve continual biodiversity enhancement and protection on their landholdings. Over 8,500ha of land on 53 sites have met the standard, read some of their stories below.

Want to know more?

The Met Office

Case study

Viridor Waste Management

Case study

Peel Energy

Case Study

Marsh harrier - Andrew Parkinson/2020VISION

Gatwick Airport

Case study

© Rachel Bicker

Need Help?

If you are seeking to achieve Biodiversity Benchmark it’s important to get the right advice.

Contact us directly on bb@wildlifetrusts.org or 01636 677711

Below you can find more information on our useful workshops and a list of consultants who are known to be competent to deliver the necessary advice.

Introductory Workshops

Our Workshops are a great way to get more information on the requirements for achieving Biodiversity Benchmark, what’s involved, and of course, for asking us any questions you may have, in person. They run from 10am until 4pm.  We offer:

Universal Introductory Workshops for individuals

(email link to bb@wildlifetrusts.org with the subject Universal Introductory Workshops) at £150 (ex VAT) per person

Exclusive/Inhouse Introductory Workshops for companies

(email link to bb@wildlifetrusts.org with subject Exclusive Introductory Workshops) at £1000 (ex VAT) for up to 12 people

Biodiversity Benchmark Assessors

The following are trained and experienced Biodiversity Benchmark Assessors. They are all available for private consultancy to support organisations, although they would subsequently be disqualified from undertaking assessment of that organisation.

James Calow
Middlemarch Environmental Ltd, Triumph House, Birmingham Road, Allesley, Coventry, CV5 9AZ
James.calow@middlemarch-environmental.com (01676) 525880

Claire Gibbs
Surrey Wildlife Trust, School Lane, Pirbright, Woking, GU24 0JN
claire.gibbs@surreywt.org.uk (01483) 795465

John Lamb
Lancashire Wildlife Trust, The Barn, Berkeley Drive, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6BY
jlamb@lancswt.org.uk (01772) 317240

Colin Mendendez
Chalkhill Environmental Consultants, Elm Tree Court, Long Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1NJ
colin@ctmwildlife.co.uk (01453) 827272

Shirley Muir
Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Plumgarths, Crook Rd, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8LX
shirleymuir7@btinternet.com 07775 528786

Nicky Williamson
Surrey Wildlife Trust, School Lane, Pirbright, Woking, GU24 0JN
nicky.williamson@surreywt.org.uk (01483) 795465

Experienced Consultants

The following have successfully assisted organisations to achieve Biodiversity Benchmark. They are not employed or accredited by The Wildlife Trusts and are responsible for their own performance.

Rachel Bicker
Biodiversity Consultant, 8 Derby Court, 49 Davidgdor Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1RA
rachelbicker@gmail.com 07807 686900

Rachel Penn
Penn Associates, Dipton Mill Road, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1RT
rpenn@pennasssociates.com (01434) 602120

James Webster
Ecology and Habitat Management Ltd
james@ehmltd.com 07805 378613

Kerry Elliott
Peter Brett Associates LLP, Caversham Bridge House, Waterman Place, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8DN
kelliott@peterbrett.com (0118) 9520241