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Celebrating 10 years of the BIG Biodiversity Challenge

Join this webinar to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the BIG Biodiversity Challenge. Discover some of the award-winning projects from the early days of the Challenge, and how they delivered and have maintained their biodiversity enhancements over time.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the BIG Biodiversity Challenge which was created in 2013 to celebrate the contribution of the construction industry to biodiversity. The challenge invites the sector to ‘Do One Thing’ and add at least one new biodiversity enhancement – big or small – to a building site, development, or existing structure.

Our thinking about biodiversity in the built environment has evolved since the creation of the Challenge, and increasing acceptance of Biodiversity Net Gain principles has led to their forthcoming mandatory implementation.

Join us for this celebration through time to hear how winning projects from the early years of the Challenge have evolved. What has been the impact on biodiversity and how have the projects been maintained? What does it mean in terms of biodiversity? How was maintenance? Are these biodiversity enhancements still performing as designed?

CIRIA Biodiversity Community of Practice
The BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards are led by CIRIA Biodiversity Community of Practice (CoP) which focuses on growing support for the implementation of Biodiversity Net Gain principles within our industry. The CoP fosters collaboration and knowledge transfer to assist the management of biodiversity across the transport, utilities, housing and development sectors. This network of academia, private and public entities provides thought leadership and key guidance resources for the built environment.

For more information and to get involved, please contact Adrien Baudrimont.

CIRIA Biodiversity Community of Practice members
  • Arcadis
  • Balfour Beatty
  • BAM Nuttall
  • Cormac Solutions Ltd
  • Ecology & Habitat Management (EHM)
  • Heathrow
  • J. Murphy & Sons Ltd
  • Kier
  • National Highways
  • Trust Green
  • Vertical Meadow
  • Wildflower Turf
  • WSP
Why attend
  • Learn about the importance of protecting and enhancing biodiversity in construction.
  • Get the inside track on several winning projects’ progress from the last 10 years of the BIG Biodiversity Challenge.
  • Gain inspiration to enter the BIG Biodiversity Challenge and achieve industry-wide recognition.
  • Learn more about CIRIA Biodiversity Community of Practice, its purpose and objectives, membership benefits and upcoming events.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend
Architects, clients, consultants, contractors, developers, house builders, local authorities, planners and master planners, regulators, ecologists, landscape architects, and anyone with an interest in the environment and biodiversity.

Tuesday 25 April 2023
11:00 – 13:00

11:00 Welcome and introduction
Adrien Baudrimont, Research Manager, CIRIA

11:05 Keynote: How biodiversity in the built environment has evolved in the last
decade, culminating in the forthcoming Biodiversity Net Gain legislation
Dr Nick White, Principal Advisor – Net Gain, Natural England

11:25 The evolution of the BIG Biodiversity Challenge
Dr Martina Girvan, Head of Ecology and Arboriculture and 
Natural Capital Community of Practice, Arcadis

11:30 Innovation Award Winner 2014
Artificial rockpools
Aberystwyth University and collaborators
Dr Ally Evans, Research Officer, Swansea University
Professor Pippa Moore, Professor of Marine Science,
Newcastle University

11:45 Small-scale Award Winner 2015
The Abbey Mews Apple Project
Arc Consulting
Small-scale Permanent Award Winner 2016
Maxted Close play space
Ian Boyd, Director, Arc Biodiversity and Climate

12:00 Community Engagement Award Winner 2015
Rosendale Allotments Community Depave, London
Mace Foundation and London Wildlife Trust Partnership
Mathew Frith, Director of Conservation, London Wildlife Trust (Invited)

12:15 Interactive discussion and Q&A
The future of biodiversity: will it bloom or bust in the next 10 years? Opportunities and challenges How can CIRIA help?

12:50 Closing remarks

CIRIA members Free to attend
Non-members Free to attend

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