30 Apr

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

The Order makes it an offence to sell, offer or expose for sale, or possess or transport for the purposes of sale, non-native species that are listed in Schedule 9 to the WCA and are specified for the purposes of…

23 Apr

Ancient Woodland, Veteran Trees and the Planning System

Planning authorities in England with responsibility for making decisions about developments that could have an impact upon ancient woodland and veteran trees can now access revised Standing Advice from Natural England. The Standing Advice on ancient woodlands and veteran trees has…

21 Mar

RSPB Issue New Cirl Bunting Survey Guidelines

The RSPB has issued revised guidelines on survey to establish the presence of cirl bunting on a site (March 2014; available here). The cirl bunting Emberiza cirlus is a Wildlife and Countryside Act Schedule 1 species. Once widespread and locally common across…

24 Feb

Breathable Roof Membranes (BRM), Bats and Licensing

Natural England issued the following statement in their January 2014 EPS (European Protected Species) newsletter. Stacey Waring is currently undertaking a PhD investigating the impacts of breathable roof membranes on bats. It would appear that currently there are no BRMs…