Protected species surveysbabec ecological consultants2017-01-27T16:56:20+00:00
Protected species surveys
The governments 2012 National Planning Policy Framework
(NPPF) sets out that protected species are a material consideration in the planning process. With this in mind, most local planning authorities now require evidence of the presence or likely absence of protected species and the extent to which they will be affected by development before they will determine a planning application. Many species of plant and animal are also protected by legislation, so their presence or likely absence should be established to allow appropriate measures to be put in place, if necessary.
We have considerable experience in surveying for protected species and hold the relevant survey licenses for most species. All our ecologists are full members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
(CIEEM) and work to the Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct, British Standard BS 42020 and the relevant best practice guidelines for individual species.
The first stage in undertaking a protected species survey is normally a site visit by an experienced and licensed ecologist to conduct a survey in-line with the relevant best practice guidelines. Following the survey, we can produce a clear and concise report for submission to the local planning authority. In addition to the methods and results of the survey, the report will include guidance on legislation and planning policy issues was well as recommendations for any necessary further actions. If protected species are found to be present then the development can normally progress providing appropriate measures are put in place. See our protected species mitigation section for more details.
Babec Ecological Consultants are based in Sussex and Hertfordshire, and provide surveys for bats
, great crested newts
, water voles and otters
, white-clawed crayfish
and invasive species
across West Sussex, East Sussex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridge, Essex, London and throughout England and Wales. We are happy to give free initial advice and provide an excellent service at competitive rates. Click here
to get in touch.