Introduction to survey:

We all need to do more to recover nature and increase the benefits it provides to the public and our economy. The UK is ranked in the bottom 10% globally and the worst amongst G7 nations for the loss of its biodiversity. 

Defra and Natural England are bringing together partners, legislation and funding to create a national network of wildlife-rich places – the Nature Recovery Network (NRN). The NRN aims to expand, improve and connect these places across our towns, cities, countryside and coast. It is a major commitment in the UK Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and enacted by the Environment Act 2021.

Collaboration will be essential to deliver the objectives of the national network, working together across a broad range of organisations and sectors to share skills, knowledge and resources. Defra has asked Natural England to set up the NRN Delivery Partnership to support partnership working. Bringing the private sector into the partnership will be essential to ensure coordinated delivery and cross-sectoral action, as well as helping to close the funding gap to successfully deliver the NRN.

The 2021 Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity gave a clear message that national economies are embedded within nature and not external to it, and that our economies, livelihoods and well-being are all dependent on nature. Therefore, not only is nature recovery the right thing to do, but it makes good business sense. We want to turn ambition within the business community into coordinated action and develop a transactional offer for nature and business.

This Business Survey is intended to help refine the scope and objectives of future NRN business engagement events. We are seeking your views on important issues for the development of the NRN as you have been identified as a key business and one that could potentially make a significant contribution to delivering the national network.

Instructions for completing the survey:

  • There are a maximum 29 questions in the survey, but you do not need to answer all of them (please answer all of the questions that you are able to).
  • Navigate between pages using the ‘Previous’ and ‘Next’ buttons at the bottom of the survey form (do not use the back and forward buttons in your browser).
  • You can close the survey at any time and your changes will be automatically saved for the next time you open it.
  • Before submitting the survey, by clicking ‘Done’, please review all of your responses by using the ‘Previous’ and ‘Next’ buttons.
On behalf of Natural England, I would be very grateful if you could complete the questions in this survey. We are seeking your views no later than Friday 29th April 2022, which will help the planning of future NRN engagement events. More information on the NRN can be found here. If you have any questions on the purpose of this survey, or on the survey itself, please contact me at

Thank you in advance for your time and feedback, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Jon Moore
Business and Nature Recovery Lead, IEMA
Your company information

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. Type (based on Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes – see link here)

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* 3. Size (by number of employees)

Business and nature

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* 4. Is your business starting to think about its impacts and dependencies on nature? Choose one:

Current understanding

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* 5. What is your current understanding/awareness of the Nature Recovery Network (NRN)?

0 = nothing 5 = excellent understanding/actively keep up to date
i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 6. Where did you first hear about the NRN? Choose one:

Existing biodiversity commitments

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* 7. Does your company currently have a biodiversity/nature strategy, policy or position?