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Martley Habitat Bank, Worcestershire

Local planning authority (LPA): Malvern Hills District Council

National Character Area (NCA): Severn and Avon Vales

Biodiversity Units available:

Very high distinctiveness habitats
  • Lowland meadows
Medium distinctiveness habitats
  • Mixed scrub
  • Other neutral grassland
High distinctiveness habitats
  • Traditional orchard
  • Pond (priority habitat)
  • Species-rich native hedgerow with trees

At our Martley Habitat Bank, we’re transforming arable fields into a diverse mosaic of wildflower grassland, mixed scrubland, traditional orchard, hedgerows, and ponds – providing some incredible opportunities for native wildlife to thrive. The site is strategically located near to pockets of ancient woodland, providing vital connectivity between our Habitat Bank and the surrounding landscape.

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 Malvern Hills District Council LPA area or Severn and Avon Vales NCA. Our Units are ready to purchase now, subject to availability.

Adjacent LPAs for cross-boundary coverage:

  • Shropshire Council
  • Herefordshire Council
  • Worcester City Council
  • Wychavon District Council
  • Wyre Forest District Council
  • Tewkesbury Borough Council
  • Forest of Dean District Council

Adjacent NCAs for cross-boundary coverage:

  • Arden
  • Cotswolds
  • Teme Valley
  • Malvern Hills
  • Dunsmore and Feldon
  • Mid Severn Sandstone Plateau
  • Forest of Dean and Lower Wye
  • Bristol, Avon Valleys and Ridges
  • South Herefordshire and Over Severn

The Worcester Biological Records Centre (WBRC) has recorded a number of notable and protected species adjacent to the site, the majority of which are found within the Penny Hill Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Worcester Wildlife Trust Reserve to the east of the site, making our Habitat Bank a vital part of nature recovery in the area. 

The enhancements we are making to the landscape will be instrumental in improving the quality and structure of the soil. This is particularly important as the Habitat Bank falls within a flood zone, making soil enhancements essential for increasing the land’s resilience against the worst effects of climate change. 

With public footpaths along the eastern and southern boundaries of the site, the local community will be able to enjoy watching this incredible Habitat Bank develop over the coming decades. We anticipate an increase in species abundance within the local area for a range of protected and notable species while boosting habitat resilience within the local area.

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