Business and Biodiversity

This section is designed for all organisations, private and public, which have resources such as staff, buildings or grounds.

Biodiversity is good for business

On a very simple level, we are all drawn to biodiverse landscapes, whether it be holidaying near the hills or on the coast, the desire to live in rural areas or close to the local park. There are now demonstrable links between human mental and physical health or wellbeing and access to greenspaces.

The foundations of many tourist industries are the local landscape and biodiversity, and the same could be said to be true of other inward investment. Places of work, offices, business parks, and surrounding housing, all influence people’s decision to move for work, and our decision to invest in an area.

It is in everyone’s interest to conserve an area’s natural assets, as part of a sustainable approach to the local economy. It is also in your interest as an employer to exploit opportunities to improve biodiversity on your patch as part of that package of well-being for you and your staff.

Business is good for biodiversity

Businesses have an impact on the environment through their use of energy, water, power and raw materials. However making a few small changes can reduce this impact, and there are many ways in which businesses can work to benefit wildlife.

• Become a member of Durham Biodiversity Partnership
This could be through attendance our annual partnership event or if you would like to contribute towards delivering biodiversity actions then there is the opportunity to help support the partnership financially.

• Start a project on your site.
This could mean creating a pond, planting a wildflower meadow or simply not cutting the grass as often. If you have areas of non-operational land which might have potential for wildlife, why not contact us for some advice.

• Organise a staff work day
Making a positive contribution to your local environment will enhance the image of your company. Our Business Challenges are wildlife-oriented tasks which can be used as team building exercises or just fun days out of the office. Follow this link for current projects and past experience.

• Sponsor a species or habitat
Your business could provide funding for a specific project or for general work related to a particular habitat or species, and benefit from the publicity raised as the project progresses.

• Include biodiversity in the job of site or environmental managers and manage landholdings to support wildlife.
Often the largest contribution a business or large public sector organisation can make to local wildlife, is to review and change the management and maintenance of its grounds. This can sometimes lead to considerable savings and opportunities for staff involvement as well as providing good habitat for local plants and animals.

• Incorporating biodiversity into site buildings
Business involved in new build or in retrofitting older buildings can provide opportunities for wildlife through a number of simple techniques incorporated into Buildings. Follow this link for further ideas.

The website www.businessandbiodiversity.org has a wealth of information on how your business can engage with biodiversity.

The Wildlife Trusts Biodiversity Benchmark Scheme offers businesses a new way to assess their impact on the natural environment.