Biodiversity Benchmark

Landowning businesses can be a positive force for nature’s recovery and we want to recognise and celebrate those businesses which have achieved excellence. The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark is the only standard that certifies management of your business landholdings for wildlife.

Biodiversity Benchmark can complement existing environmental management systems such as ISO14001 and EMAS by integrating biodiversity into the systems of an organisation. Alternatively, it can operate as a standalone system.

More information on the Biodiversity Benchmark

Every organisation, regardless of size, sector or location depends in some way on the natural environment and those with responsibility for land management have a direct impact on biodiversity

Biodiversity Benchmark provides a framework within which an organisation can ensure that its impact is as positive as it can be by providing robust, independent verification of land management practices.

Biodiversity Benchmark is a standard for assessing and certifying an organisation’s systems for achieving continual biodiversity protection and enhancement on its landholdings and the implementation of these systems. The nature of certified sites varies and their effective management for wildlife contributes to enhancing biodiversity in a number of ways:


Proactive management of existing wildlife rich sites and sites of conservation importance


Establishment of wildlife habitat on land previously used for other purposes


Sites which contribute towards a network of habitats, enhancing the permeability of the landscape to wildlife