Protecting Habitats together
through collaborative
knowledge sharing

Our ambition is to protect every ecosystem and habitat.
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The built environment must create diverse habitats to protect biodiversity

The Campaign

Habitat Matters aims to inspire, connect and empower people to improve the quality of our built environment. Formed through a collaboration of businesses, affiliated organisations and NGO’s, we have come together to show how collectively we can help address nature & biodiversity decline, and tackle the challenges faced when safeguarding urban habitats.

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Our Focus

To share educational content through a series of webinars and podcasts, exploring biodiversity protection and enhancements within the built environment.

Our ambition is to utilise interactive mapping to create an open source, knowledge-based platform, hosting data pertaining to biodiversity and habitats within the UK built environment, and demonstrating biodiversity nett gain.

Collectively, our aspiration is to help the UK Construction sector, maintenance bodies and the public, to understand the intricate relationship between humans, infrastructure and the environment through education and collaborative tools.


As we look to COP26, our series of educational webinars and podcasts will create a roadmap to Glasgow, and help us to explore how we can learn from the past in order to help us to protect nature, now and in the future.

Key Webinars + Podcasts


How have we COP to this?

Date: 29.07.2021 - 12 PM Read Details
  • How have natural systems and biodiversity declined in the UK?
  • How has infrastructure increased over time since the industrial revolution?
  • Why is COP26 so important?
  • How can the UK become a leader in protective legislation?

Habitat and species conservation

Date: 11.08.2021 - 12:30 PM Read Details
  • History of groups and initiatives that have protected the natural environment and biodiversity.
  • How does the UK population engage in biodiversity conservation?
  • How has engagement and monitoring helped the natural environment?
  • For more details, please click register.

Future cities encompassing natural systems

Date: 26.08.2021 - 12:30 PM Read Details
  • What has the legislation done to transform the building sector?
  • How are Biodiversity action plans & Biodiversity Net Gain affecting planning?
  • How are SUDS playing a vital role in urban environments?
  • How can building retrofit help nature?
  • For more details, please click register.

Habitat connectivity

Date: 10.09.2021 - 12:30 PM Read Details
  • What effect has fragmentation had on biodiversity and genetic diversity?
  • How are major cities connecting green infrastructure?
  • How are rural environments connecting biodiversity habitats?
  • How can monitoring help transform our understanding of infrastructure and natural systems?
  • For further details, please click register.

Healthy connection to habitat

Date: 24.09.2021 - 12:30 PM Read Details
  • Where did the habitat health-conscious movement start?
  • What effect does biodiversity have on our own wellbeing?
  • How is this starting to become part of our day to day design?
  • Examples of best practice.
  • For further details, please click register.

Habitat by design

Date: 08.10.2021 - 12:30 PM Read Details
  • How do we incorporate natural and manmade habitats into urban designs?
  • What standards and best practice are available?
  • How have cities incorporated biodiversity action plans into the design of streetscapes?
  • How has conservation work created nett gains and species diversity in city environments?
  • For more details, please click register.

Design & management of high quality green spaces

Date: 21.10.2021 - 12:30 PM Read Details
  • How do we measure the effectiveness of good green space?
  • How do we manage and maintain green spaces for maximum benefit now and in the future?
  • How is good governance increasing the longevity of habitats?
  • How can the public get involved to report issues and maximise the potential of green spaces?
  • For more details, please click register.

COP26 - Future policy to protect natural habitats

Date: 28.10.2021 - 12:30 PM Read Details
  • How can best practices, companies and association groups help shape this policy?
  • What should future policy for the protection of natural habitats look like? With a focus on construction.
  • For more details, please click register.
In conversation with:

Architecture Today

Date: 21.09.2021
Learning from Japan - putting biodiversity at the heart of new residential developments.
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Putting health and well-being at the heart of residential development and creating the conditions for people and wildlife to live happily side by side, and a look at how House recent projects have fed into the design of new urban neighbourhoods.
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Architecture Today

Date: 28.09.2021
Natural capital accounting and Peadbody's 'Living in the Landscape' report as a blueprint for investing in improved biodiversity and green infrastructure in Thamesmead.
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The strong and urgent case for change and putting a value on the enormous benefits of investing in improved biodiversity and green infrastructure.
In conversation with:

Architecture Today

Date: 05.10.2021
Exchange Square and appointing a gardener/estate manager with responsibility for long-term care.
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On transforming Exchange Square into a new 6,000 square metre landscaped park for the Broadgate neighbourhood for British Land, blending nature with the energy of inner-city London.
In conversation with:

Architecture Today

Date: 12.10.2021
Berkeley's flagship biodiversity net gain project with HTA Design and the London Wildlife Trust.
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On Cator Park at Kidbrooke Village, Berkeley’s flagship net biodiversity gain project in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and winner of the prestigious ‘Sir David Attenborough Award for Enhancing Biodiversity’ and the ‘Overall President’s Award’ at the Landscape Institute Awards.
In conversation with:

Architecture Today

Date: 19.10.2021
Learning from big international projects to improve the biodiversity of London's green spaces.
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On the way lessons learnt from major international projects including the transformation of Sydney’s Darling Harbour precinct and the 15-hectare public realm of the Geopark Museum in Nanjing China.
In conversation with:

Architecture Today

Date: 26.10.2021
Biodiversity net gain - new regulations and how to comply.
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On new developments risk being caught out by biodiversity net gain obligations expected to become law in 2021, due to lack of awareness and confusion over what is required.

Taking us on the road to COP26

Join our series of webinars and podcasts leading up to COP26 and beyond. The series will show you how and why we must incorporate rich habitats into the built environment.

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