Protected Species Licence

Moving your project forward

If fully protected species are identified on your site and will be adversely impacted upon, a European Protected Species licence will be required from Natural England. We have a 100% success rate obtaining EPS licences for our clients.

In order to obtain a licence, Natural England must be satisfied that the development, mitigation and compensation scheme proposed meets the 'three tests' of the Habitats Regulations (2017). Ecosupport can design pragmatic mitigation and compensation strategies which are achievable on the ground to obtain the required licences and move your project forward.

An EPS licence is necessary for impacts to species and groups that are regularly found on development sites including:

  • Bats

  • Dormice

  • Great Crested Newts

  • Smooth Snakes & Sand Lizards

  • Natterjack Toads

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Badger licences

Similarly, if a badger sett must be closed for site development, a licence must be obtained from Natural England to ensure the site adheres to the Badger Protection Act (1992) and mitigates any impacts to badgers in the process.

This can often be a intimidating process for clients, but we'll ensure that we keep you up to date with all developments and use our expert knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation to obtain your licence and move your project forward.

Our experience

At Ecosupport we have strong experience achieving protected species licences for our clients. Our staff have over 15 years successfully achieving project mitigation licences with a 100% success rate. Speak to us now about whether you need a licence for your project.

About us

Providing quality ecology services across southern England and beyond since 1999.

At Ecosupport we complete comprehensive ecological reports for Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Phase I Surveys, BREEAM, NVC Vegetation and Hedgerows and Phase II Surveys for protected species such as bats, reptiles, dormice, GCN, birds and badgers. We work directly with our clients to deliver pragmatic results and can implement any required mitigation or habitat restoration to see through your ecological needs from start to finish. Our large network of ecologists enables us to offer all our services all across the UK.

Ecosupport is SSIP-certified through SMAS Ltd.


Ecosupport - Head Office
K4 Keppel, Daedalus Park
Daedalus Drive, Lee-on-the-Solent
PO13 9FX


01329 832 841

Telephone (International)

+44 1329 832 841