Iford Biodiversity Project News
Find the latest news and updates from the Iford Biodiversity Project in the heart of Sussex. Learn when our different phases of habitat creation take place, and find out about our open days and any new developments with our BNG offerings. If you need more information or are interested in our BNG units for sale, don’t hesitate to contact us and follow us on social media for regular updates.
Completed on July 18, the legal agreement means 31ha of land at Iford Estate – equating to 210 biodiversity units – is the first to appear on the SDNPA’s register of land formally ‘dedicated’ for BNG provision.
The BNG Section 106 is the result of a huge effort by a range of experts, including the team at Iford, the SDNPA, the environment and farming consultants CLM, Lux Nova Partners (a law firm specialising in the clean energy and environmental sectors) and Town Legal (a specialist law firm).
We were very pleased to welcome 150 people to our recent open day, showcasing our plans for Biodiversity Improvement at Iford. Guests enjoyed a presentation of our journey towards Landscape scale followed by a tour of the farm by tractor and trailer. Ben Taylor (Iford Estate) and Anthony Weston of consultants CLM outlined the plans followed by a great line up of guest speakers including Mark Alden and Nick Heasman from South Downs National Park, outlining the nature of the collaboration between Iford and SDNP and their ambitions for nature recover with their ReNature programme.
Steph Matthews, Principal Advisor for Biodiversity Net Gain at Natural England gave a presentation about the National Credits Scheme and Glenn Anderson from Wendling Beck gave an overview of his Nature Recovery Scheme and the launch of National Nature Networks, a collaboration of 5 landscape scale recovery projects around the country, including Iford Estate.
We are very pleased to announce that following a long, cold and wet Spring we have been busy sowing the first phase of our Biodiversity Project this week. The initial area, formerly arable land, has been sown with a flower rich grass mixture with many native species of grass and flowers including Black Knapweed, Selfheal, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Black Meddick, Yellow Rattle, Red and White Campion, Lady’s Bedstraw and Sorrel. In the autumn selected areas will be planted with scrub and trees to complete the habitat restoration vision.