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Support: Monitoring

Resources on how BNG monitoring works, and how to get the most out of Mycelia’s monitoring tools.

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New to BNG monitoring? Start here.

How to work with monitoring in Mycelia

How Mycelia suggests which habitats to monitor

Further resources on monitoring

Give us your feedback

New to BNG monitoring? Start here.

Under Biodiversity Net Gain, Local Planning Authorities have to ensure that many habitats are monitored for at least 30 years.

But what does this mean for LPAs in practice?

BNG monitoring is new, complicated, and still evolving.

The video below gives you a brief intro to BNG monitoring, cutting through the complexity to tell you the key things you need to know and do – including three key steps to make sure you’re ready.

Intro video: What Biodiversity Net Gain monitoring means for LPAs

How BNG monitoring works, the role of Local Planning Authorities, and what to do now to get ready.

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How to work with monitoring in Mycelia

Mycelia’s monitoring tools enable you to move cases to monitoring mode and solve your monitoring needs in these early stages of Biodiversity Net Gain. 

They are based on a huge amount of research, with input from many LPAs and the wider ecology community. 

The series of videos below gives an overview of how Mycelia’s tools make BNG monitoring much faster and easier.

Video: Setting up a case for monitoring

Learn how to move a case into monitoring mode, including choosing which habitats are monitored and what schedules to monitor them on.

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Video: Tracking the progress of a case

Find out how to track the progress of a monitoring case that’s already set up, updating the status of habitats based on monitoring evidence you receive.

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Video: Managing a large set of cases

See how to work with the table of all monitoring cases, to find particular cases and quickly prioritise across all of them.

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How Mycelia suggests which habitats to monitor

When you set up a monitoring case, Mycelia automatically suggests which habitats should be monitored.

This suggestion is based on government guidance. If you’re happy with this suggestion, there is nothing further for you to do. If you want to adjust which habitats are monitored, you can use the drop-down menus on the case overview page, as shown in the first video above.

The government guidance underpinning Mycelia’s suggestions is here. It sets out which on-site habitats should be considered “significant” and therefore monitored. (Under the Environment Act 2021, all off-site habitats must be monitored.)

Based on this guidance, Mycelia automatically sets the following habitats to be monitored:

Further resources on monitoring

Monitoring fee calculator

You can charge developers for your monitoring costs. It’s vital to get this right, so you don’t end up with unfunded costs.

We’ve published a free monitoring fee calculator, along with guidance and a video walkthrough.

Government guidance

Government has produced a great deal of legislation and guidance on BNG.

The resources further up this page summarise most of what you need to know to get started.

If you’d like to read through the government guidance, the key places to look are:

Give us your feedback

BNG monitoring is new and everyone is working it out, based on evolving guidance and practice

We want the best outcomes for nature and for everyone involved in BNG, so we’re aiming to contribute to this development – through what we build in Mycelia, and the other resources and guidance we produce.

Mycelia’s current monitoring functionality is just the start. We would love your feedback, to help us shape further updates.

If you have questions or feedback, please get in touch (mycelia-support@verna.earth).