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Land assessed & managed for biodiversity

Landholding assessed and managed for biodiversity

Landholding assessed and managed for biodiversity - The percentage of landholding we own where we have assessed biodiversity. The results of this assessment influence appropriate management actions and contributes to achieving Defra's England biodiversity strategy. The undertaking of the management action is not included within the scope of the measure.

The target for 2015-20 is to increase this from 60% in 2015-16 to 100% for sites larger than 5000m2 (0.5 hectares), adding an additional 10% assessed each year. 

If we miss the target, we will refund customers £4k per percentage point. 

Historically (2015-16 and 2016-17) we were reporting against landholdings that were larger than 0.05 hectares. This has been amended in 2017-18 to landholdings greater than 0.5 hectares which corresponds with the Ofwat definition. Our performance of 96% in 2018-19 has exceeded our target of 90%. We continue to forecast that we will achieve the target in 2019-20.