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British Standard BS42020 Biodiversity - Code of Practice for Planning and Development

21 March 2017, Cardiff

10am - 4pm



Intermediate to Advanced



This training is aimed at ecologists with at least 3 years of experience and will introduce them to the purpose and content of BS42020 and how it can be applied practically within the planning system. With sessions led by Mike Oxford, Chair of BSI's Technical Committee on Biodiversity and principal author for BS42020, the course will focus on how to achieve effective ecological input at all five stages of the planning and development process.

The training will take participants through each section of the Standard using relevant case studies and scenarios and will really emphasise how users of BS42020 can refer to, and make use of it with confidence in a wide range of professional situations.

The day will be interactive and will allow for plenty of opportunity for discussion and to consider how it can be applied in situations identified by the participants 

See the provisional programme for BS42020 training (pdf)

Click here for further information on BS42020 and its relevance to professsionals working in the fields of ecology and environmental management.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explore the purpose of BS42020 and what it can achieve for biodiversity conservation within the planning and development system
  2. Identify common problems that occur at each stage of the planning process and how the Standard can be used to address these
  3. Recognise how the Standard can be used to encourage planning applicants to provide necessary and adequate ecological information in support of their planning applications
  4. Identify how the Standard can be used by decision-makers to ensure they are able to reach a robust assessment of the likely ecological effects of proposed development, while also securing all necessary mitigation and enhancement measures as part of any planning consent
  5. Discover how the Standard can be applied to the protection of biodiversity during the construction process and to long-term environmental management and monitoring.

CIEEM Competence Themes

Because BS42020 cuts across so many aspects of the planning and development system, it involves competencies across a wide range of themes including the following:

Surveying; Environmental Management; Environmental Assessment; Policy, Legislation and Standards; Scientific Method; Facilitation, Consultation, Engagement and Collaboration; Professional Conduct; Business Management; Project Management; People Management

Who should attend?

Ecologists working in consultancy, local government, SNCOs and NGOs whose work inovlves input into the planning and development system. Professionals with at least 3-5 years experience.

No prior knowledge of BS42020 is required - although it is useful if participants are familiar with the documents and its structure and content in advance of the training.


Mike Oxford FCIEEM CEcol and Liza Oxford-Booth


CIEEM members £195

Non members £245

Course fees include refreshments throughout the day as well as lunch

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Date 21 Mar 2017 - 10:00
Location Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel
24-26 Newport Road

CF24 0DD
Organiser CIEEM
Telephone 01962 868626