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Heacham Habitat Bank, West Norfolk

Local planning authority (LPA): Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk

National Character Area (NCA): The Fens

Biodiversity Units available:

Medium distinctiveness habitats
  • Mixed scrub 
  • Other neutral grassland
  • Ponds (non-priority habitat)
  • Species-rich native hedgerow
  • Other woodland; broadleaved 

Located near Kings Lynn, our Heacham Habitat Bank stretches across more than 20 hectares of land adjacent to the West Norfolk coastline. Here, we are transforming the existing arable fields into an incredible haven for native wildlife – providing essential coastal and floodplain grazing marsh habitats.

Following a thorough assessment of the site's vegetation, wildlife, geology, hydrology, soil chemistry, management history, and landscape connectivity, we determined the best possible habitats to establish and made sure these enhancements would be deliverable. We established an ecological baseline for the site using Defra’s biodiversity metric, so we can clearly demonstrate biodiversity gains over time.

This assessment enables us to generate a range of high-integrity Biodiversity Unit habitat types that will ensure robust ecological outcomes. We also offer planning support to make sure our Biodiversity Units provide an effective local BNG delivery solution for developers within the Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk LPA area or The Fens NCA. Our Units are ready to purchase now, subject to availability.

Adjacent LPAs for cross-boundary coverage:

  • Breckland Council
  • West Suffolk Council
  • Fenland District Council
  • North Norfolk District Council
  • South Holland District Council
  • East Cambridgeshire District Council

Adjacent NCAs for cross-boundary coverage:

We are establishing a rich and diverse mosaic of grassland, woodland, and ponds across our Heacham Habitat Bank – abundant in beautiful wildflowers. To encourage native species to grow, we’re removing any invasive species of plant – such as Horsetail located on the southern side of the site.

The Habitat Bank is bordered by hedgerows, a staple of British countryside, and located within the wider Wild Ken Hill Project which aims to return land to nature through rewilding, regenerative farming, and traditional conservation.

It also sits in proximity to The Wash and North Norfolk Coast Ramsar site, Special Protection Area (SPA), Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). This makes the Habitat Bank ideally placed to develop connectivity with parts of the existing habitat creation and wildlife conservation project on the estate, as well as the other local nature recovery priorities.

With a Public Right of Way (PRoW) located along the Habitat Bank’s western boundary, the local community will be able to observe as this stunning reserve for nature continues to thrive in the coming decades.

Find out the cost and availability of Biodiversity Units from our Heacham Habitat Bank