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Ludlow Habitat Bank, Shropshire

Local planning authority (LPA): Shropshire Council

National Character Area (NCA): Shropshire Hills

Biodiversity Units available:

Very high distinctiveness habitats
  • Lowland meadows
High distinctiveness habitats
  • Ponds (priority habitat)
  • Lowland mixed deciduous woodland
Medium distinctiveness habitats
  • Mixed scrub
  • Other neutral grassland

Across nearly 17 hectares of a traditional rural estate located approximately 3km northeast of Ludlow, we’re establishing an incredible haven for native flora and fauna to build in abundance over the coming years, transforming an area previously made up of low-yielding pasture and arable land.

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 Shropshire Council LPA area or Shropshire Hills NCA. Our Units are ready to purchase now, subject to availability.

Adjacent LPAs for cross-boundary coverage:

  • Cheshire East Council
  • Herefordshire Council
  • Stafford Borough Council
  • Telford and Wrekin Council
  • South Staffordshire Council
  • Wyre Forest District Council
  • Malvern Hills District Council
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough Council

Adjacent NCAs for cross-boundary coverage:

  • Teme Valley
  • Herefordshire Lowlands
  • Mid Severn Sandstone Plateau
  • Clun and North West Herefordshire Hills
  • Shropshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire Plain

Our Ludlow Habitat Bank lies within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The site also has connectivity with a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designated for its deciduous woodland.  

Two watercourses flow through the Habitat Bank, meaning that our enhancements can really revitalise these habitats for local wildlife. In particular, we eagerly anticipate the growth in abundance of several protected species. This includes farmland birds of conservation importance such as skylark and yellowhammer along with amphibians, notably great crested newt. 

As the site has two public footpaths, we’re really excited for people living in the local community to be able to access the Habitat Bank and witness as the site develops over time.

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