Great Crested Newt and District Level Licensing – what does it mean for your projects?

By | February 15th, 2017|European Protected Species, Great Crested Newt, Mitigation and Management, Natural England|

Great Crested Newt and the Woking Approach District level licensing or the 'Woking Approach' (as piloted in Woking in 2016) is a new approach and an alternative to the current site by site great crested newt mitigation and licensing process. The new approach will involve a district wide assessment of newt distribution; using great crested [...]

Bat Surveys at Leyland Mill, Greater Manchester

By | January 4th, 2017|Ecology Survey, EPS, European Protected Species, Protected Species|

Avian Ecology undertook a suite of bat surveys at a disused mill in Greater Manchester. Surveys included an Extended Phase 1 habitat survey, preliminary bat roost inspection survey or as its now known a Preliminary Roost Assessment (PRA). These surveys highlighted the need for additional bat activity surveys including dusk emergence and dawn re-entry surveys [...]

Change ahead for how developers address protected species?

By | March 22nd, 2016|Brownfield, EPS, European Protected Species, Housing|

  Natural England is consulting on possible changes to the handling of European protected species (EPS) licensing, aiming to achieve better outcomes for species and reduce costs, delays and uncertainty for developers.   The proposals shift the focus away from protecting individual animals on development sites and towards improving populations in the wider local area; [...]