Protected Species Surveys

Protected species surveys are often required to support planning applications and so understanding their implications and taking account of them early on in project design is the best way of avoiding more costly problems further down the line. Planning policy makes it clear that where there is a reasonable likelihood of legally protected animal or plant species being present and affected by a development, appropriate levels of survey and thorough impact assessment will be required prior to validation of a planning application.

Green Ecology specialise in survey, assessment, monitoring, mitigation and licensing for protected species. We provide a professional, pragmatic and responsive service where our specialist team of ecologists carry out the work under collectively held Natural England survey licences for the major protected species.

Licensed mitigation work is key to the successful resolution of many European Protected Species (EPS) issues that are encountered in development projects. Under licence, Green Ecology prepares and implements EPS mitigation and translocation strategies and post-construction monitoring. We have a strong track record in securing EPS ‘development’ licences allowing such works to advance; to date Green Ecology have never had an application turned down.

Green Ecology offers a full range of advice and services relating to protected species including: