If fully protected species are identified on your site and will be adversely impacted upon, a European Protected Species development licence will be required from Natural England. This is necessary for impacts to species and groups that are regularly found on development sites including:
If practicable, impacts to these species should be avoided through altering the site layout. However, in many cases this is not possible and the only way to move a project forward is to apply for a licence.
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 has considerable experience in gaining licences for protected species and designing pragmatic mitigation and compensation strategies which are achievable on the ground.
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 however 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.