Why Natural England’s net gain calculator may struggle to accurately value nature

The flaws in the biodiversity net gain calculator have all been corrected, says Natural England, but will its official launch later this year satisfy everyone? James Agyepong-Parsons reports.

by James Agyepong-Parsons
The calculator uses habitat as a proxy for biodiversity, which is then converted into measurable 'biodiversity units'. Photograph: Natural England/Julian Dowse
The calculator uses habitat as a proxy for biodiversity, which is then converted into measurable 'biodiversity units'. Photograph: Natural England/Julian Dowse

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