Protected Species Licences

We have all the relevant licences to allow us to undertake protected species surveys.

In addition to these, developers may require licences for work affecting protected species. These are often referred to as ‘mitigation’, ‘derogation’, or ‘development’ licences, or ‘EPS’ licences when required for a European protected species, including bats, dormice, great crested newts, white-clawed crayfish, otters and sand lizards.

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Licence Information

Richard Green Ecology has successfully obtained over 200 bat mitigation licences in England and Wales. Projects range from small developments affecting single low-value roosts to complex infrastructure schemes affecting high-value roosts, including breeding roosts and Annex II species, such as lesser horseshoe, greater horseshoe and barbastelle bats.

Richard Green is one of a small number of Bat Low Impact Class Licence (BLICL) Registered Consultants in England, having demonstrated a high level of earned recognition in this field.

Richard is also registered under Bat Mitigation Class Licences (WML-CL39 & CL40) for permitting actions affecting bat roosts in buildings and trees to allow construction of HS2 Phase 1.

The aims of this licence are to:

  • Reduce the costs and delays for developers;
  • Reduce the burden on Natural England;
  • Allow a more proportionate approach for low conservation status roosts of certain species (under strict criteria); and
  • Reduce adverse perceptions of bats.

We can therefore offer a more competitive package for bat surveys and licensing where survey findings fall under the criteria for this licence. We can also apply for a licence if another consultant has undertaken surveys but does not hold a BLICL.

In summary, the BLICL permits the disturbance and capture of bats and / or damage / destruction of roost/s of no more than three low conservation significance roosts (i.e., feeding roosts, day, night and transitional/occasional roosts), affecting no more than three of the more common species of bat present in small numbers.

Species covered include:

  • Common pipistrelle;
  • Soprano pipistrelle;
  • Brown long-eared;
  • Whiskered;
  • Brandt’s;
  • Daubenton’s; and
  • Natterer’s bats.

Richard Green Ecology has successfully obtained dormouse mitigation licences. We can also advise on how to avoid the need for a licence, where possible, and provide non-licensed method statements to enable work to go ahead without breaking the law.

Richard Green Ecology has successfully obtained licences to disturb, close and destroy badger setts. We have designed and built artificial replacement setts, required as compensation for main/breeding setts. We can also advise on how to work close to an active badger sett without the need for a licence, where possible, and provide non-licensed method statements to enable work to go ahead without breaking the law.

Richard Green is one of a relatively small number of consultants in England who holds this licence, having demonstrated a high level of earned recognition in this field. The licence permits the intentional disturbance of water voles and damage/destruction of water vole burrows by means of ‘displacement’ (to facilitate development activities).
For the purposes of this licence, ‘displacement’ means cutting vegetation back to bare earth followed, where appropriate, by a destructive search of the burrows, where the intention is to displace water voles from their burrows. Water draw-down or removal may be used in parallel with vegetation cutting, where appropriate.
Richard Green Ecology can therefore assist on development projects potentially affecting water voles, saving time and money by not having to apply for a project specific licence where the class licence can be used instead.

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