Protected Species


Many species of wild animal and plant in the UK are afforded protection under UK and European legislation such as the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended); the Protection of Badgers Act (1992) and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 to name just a few.  As a consequence, there are legal and planning obligations relating to these species.

Surveys are now commonly required to determine the likely or possible impacts of human activities and to form a reliable basis for decision-making.  In most situations, surveys for protected species can only be undertaken by appropriately experienced and qualified ecologists.  In many cases, a specific ‘survey licence’ is required to complete assessments.

At Focus Ecology we benefit from many years experience of working with legally protected species in a variety of different contexts including planning, development and conservation.  We also hold a wide suite of survey licences for England and Wales.  Our expertise includes the following species:

*  Badgers
*  Barn owls
*  Bats
*  Black redstarts
*  Breeding birds
*  Dormice
*  Great crested newts
*  Lesser silver water beetle
*  Otters
*  Over-wintering birds
*  Reptiles
*  Water voles
*  White-clawed crayfish


In addition, we have experience in obtaining Natural England mitigation (development) licences for bats and great crested newts. We are also very proud to say we are able to register suitable sites under both the Bat Low Impact Class Licence (BLICL) and the Great Crested New Low Impact Class Licence (GCN LICL), which significantly accelerates the normal licensing timescales.  We have held numerous Natural England licences to disturb and close badger setts and Natural England Conservation licences for white-clawed crayfish and bats.