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What’s a Biodiversity Index, and why does it matter?

How to measure the quality of your natural environment

We score everything, don’t we? Not just as a company, but as people too. “Out of ten, right, what would you give that film?”, “we went on holiday to a five star resort”, “I cannot BELIEVE Michelle Visage only got a 32 for her vogue routine on Strictly, it was ICONIC”

It’s natural to score things, it helps us understand other people, and a lot of the time it helps us keep on track of our performance. We’re no different, as a company we’re scored on our amount of customer complaints, how many leaks we have in a year, how well we stick to our appointment times. Pretty easy to measure really, solid numbers and solid targets.

Putting our words into action

So we got to thinking, how can we score our natural environment? We put so much work into it, we spend so much time in it, and more importantly, we wouldn’t be here without it. But how do we know we were really treating it the right way? Our hearts are in it for sure, but we didn’t have any solid measurements that we could shout about.

Luckily for us, we’re surrounded by the most passionate and innovative bunch in the South West. We put our words into action and came up with an industry first Biodiversity Index; a brand new way we can measure the quality of our natural environment.

Photo taken from The Guardian

So, how exactly do you go about measuring the natural environment?

Each one of our natural assets (for example Chew Valley Lake), have been given their own individual scores which is made up of the number of different types of habitats within the site and the condition of these habitats. Everything we do to these sites will affect the score. For example, if we cut down an area of wildflower and grass home to hundreds of bugs and bees, it will have a negative impact on the score so we’ll need to do something positive to restore the score and value of the site again.

Our target is simple in its idea, we want to improve our company Biodiversity Index score by 10 points every year. The work behind it is a little harder, we’ll be planting trees, improving hedgerows, increasing our wildflower banks and maybe even finding more lost rivers to restore. But at the end of the day, it’s what we love. It’s what we’re made of.