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Guest Blog - Biodiversity Net Gain in practice

Ida Bailey Associate Ecologist
Ida Bailey

Ida has been professionally involved in ecology relate project management/ research for over a decade, working with a wide range of aquatic and terrestrial species, in the UK, North America and South Africa. She spent her early career gaining a PhD and undertaking several post-doctoral positions  focusing on animal cognition and foraging behaviour. Her career then moved in to ecological consultancy. She is a qualified project manager (PRINCE2 Practitioner) an associate member of CIEEM and a member of the Society for Ecological Restoration (Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner in Training, CERPIT).

Within the past four years Ida has managed the ecological aspects of over 35 projects in Scotland, England, Wales and the USA in: onshore wind (feasibility, EIA, pre-construction, construction and operational phases), grid, forestry, floating solar, conservation, hydroelectric, solar, housing, waste/ landfill, industry and minerals/ mining.

Ida join SLR in 2019. In her role as an associate ecologist  Ida is a member of SLR’s Natural Capital Working Group. This is a good fit with her interests in ecosystem services and habitat restoration. Her broad range of experiences and skills allow her to take an innovate, practical approach to problem solving, and she believes that is particularly important in the rapidly developing field of Natural Capital.

Biodiversity Net Gain is a hot topic at the moment, and is increasingly being introduced into legislation and guidance.

SLR were recently invited to write a guest blog for the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital, sharing our expertise on the topic. The blog, which is a collaborative piece from SLR's Dr Ida Bailey, Liz Probert, Dr Andrea Wilcockson and Chris Mitchell, offers a thorough understanding of what biodiversity net gain means, and how it is being used.

Now published on the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital's website, you can read the piece in full via this link: