2023 Action Scorecards

Action Scorecards 2023

Biodiversity

The climate emergency is deeply connected to the ecological emergency. This section looks at what councils can do to protect and increase biodiversity in the area through their direct actions, the management of their green spaces, and biodiversity net gain requirements for developers.

Average score by council type

Single Tier

27% Average score

District

22% Average score

County

30% Average score

Northern Ireland

38% Average score

Combined Authority

This section does not apply to Combined Authorities, and there is no direct equivalent for Combined Authorities.

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You’ll find more options, like the ability to compare your council’s Scorecard with other councils, and see a more granular breakdown of how they did on each question of the Scorecards.

QuestionsCouncils with full marks per question
5.1

Does the council use peat free compost or soil in all landscaping and horticulture?

38 out of 164 district councils got full marks for this question.
5.2

Has the council banned the use of pesticides on all council owned and managed land?

10 out of 164 district councils got full marks for this question.
5.3

Has the council committed to mowing their green spaces less for wildlife?

129 out of 164 district councils got full marks for this question.
5.5

Does the council have a target to increase tree cover and is a tree management plan agreed as they grow?

24 out of 164 district councils got full marks for this question.
5.7

Have the council's parks been awarded Green Flag status?

47 out of 164 district councils got full marks for this question.
5.8

Does the council employ a planning ecologist to scrutinise planning reports for biodiversity net gain?

28 out of 164 district councils got full marks for this question.
5.9

Does the council require a higher biodiversity net gain commitment from new developments?

10 out of 164 district councils got full marks for this question.
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