The Natural England & Defra Digital Team are seeking volunteers to participate in their current user research and prototype testing of the Biodiversity Net Gain Register.

Biodiversity net gain is an approach to development which means that habitats for wildlife must be left in a measurably better state than they were in before the development.

Introduced in the Environment Act 2021, BNG will become mandatory for all developments under the Town and Country Planning Act from November 2023 and for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) by November 2025.

Natural England and Defra want to work with those who are likely to be involved in BNG to help develop and refine the systems, tools and processes that will support mandatory BNG.

If you are interested in taking part, visit BNG Digital Services Project – Expression of Interest Form.

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