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Shaw Habitat Bank, Greater Manchester

Local planning authority (LPA): Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

National Character Area (NCA): Southern Pennines

Biodiversity Units available:

Very high distinctiveness habitats
  • Lowland meadows
High distinctiveness habitats
  • Ponds (priority habitat)
Medium distinctiveness habitats
  • Rural trees

Our ecologists have been hard at work transforming an area of grade 4 pony-grazed farmland into a Habitat Bank since spring 2024. Less than 5 miles from Oldham, the Habitat Bank sits beside the Crompton Moor Site of Biological Importance (SBI) – providing a valuable opportunity to connect habitats across the area.

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 Oldham Metropolitan Borough Councill LPA area or Southern Pennines NCA. Our Units are ready to purchase now, subject to availability.

Adjacent LPAs for cross-boundary coverage:

  • Kirklees Council
  • Manchester City Council
  • Peak District National Park Authority
  • Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Adjacent NCAs for cross-boundary coverage:

Local priority habitats for the area include ponds, wetlands, and meadows – so the Habitat Bank we’ve been creating will play an essential role in developing these within the area. 

The site is also incredibly well placed to support neighbouring habitats, such as the River Beal which runs nearby. We anticipate a number of species will be able to find suitable habitats here, allowing their numbers to grow in abundance – this includes great crested newts, otters, curlews, barn owls, and more. 

We are supporting the landowner with sustainable land management training so they can play a key role in helping the Habitat Bank to flourish on their land for the next three decades.

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