Biodiversity Net Gain
In 2020 as part of DEFRA's preparation for Mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain, Escrick Park Estate applied to become one of the pilot projects to support the design of the Biodiversity Credits Scheme. Of the 87 applications received, Escrick Park Estate was selected as one of 9 pilot sites based on the opportunities for BNG, natural capital benefits and landscape connectivity.
Our scheme is focused on the Lawton Principles of bigger, better, more joined up, and draws on the extensive habitat and species surveys conducted over the last few years, as well as historic mapping to determine land use patterns, soil sampling and hydrological assessments.
The initial two phases of the project are aimed at buffering Skipwith Common and its precious habitats. The first phase is looking at providing an additional early successional suite of heathland habitats and the second is exploring the potential to create a significant buffer/extension to the north of the NNR with a broader range of traditionally based grassland habitats to help to build in climate resilience to the NNR, as well as providing a number of habitat and species benefits to the reserve. Subsequent phases look at building on existing and remnant north-south connectivity through the estate.
For more detail, have a look at Natural England's case study of the project.