Biodiversity offsetting: Trading nature

DEFRA’s controversial biodiversity offsetting pilots have overshot their two-year deadline with little to show for it. A delayed white paper is imminent but what is happening on the ground? Rachel Salvidge investigates

by Rachel Salvidge
Biodiversity offsets will be used to negate the loss of a field to make way for a 47-home development in Thaxted, Essex, but the loss of green space for locals will not be so easily replaced (photograph: Doug Fry)
Biodiversity offsets will be used to negate the loss of a field to make way for a 47-home development in Thaxted, Essex, but the loss of green space for locals will not be so easily replaced (photograph: Doug Fry)

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