March 2016

The End of Expensive Newt Fencing for Developers?

Natural England are proposing a fundamental change to license requirements for great crested newts, which proposes to reduce greatly the requirement for exclusion and trapping.  For full details and an analysis, see our Principal’s article on our web site.


Ecology Planning Trigger List Tool for Developers and Planners

A new on-line planning tool for non – ecologists is in development; an interactive ‘trigger’ list. Using this in conjunction with a survey planner will ensure surveys are considered early enough to reduce delays to the application or build program. See full article here.

Children Demand Nature

New research carried out by Growing up Bolder suggests that our children want better access to nature in our cities. But the research goes further than this and reveals that children also want more interaction with nature. Click here to read the full article.


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Guidance for Authorities on Wild Birds

DEFRA’s new guidance for authorities on providing habitat for wild birds gives advice on habitat creation and management and how this should be considered in the planning system. Click here to read more.


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New Water Voles Mitigation Guidelines RSDP

New water vole mitigation guidelines were released in February 2016.  There is a significant change to displacement work; as this will now require a licence. This is a process used to encourage water voles to leave their burrows. Click here to read more.

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Project Updates – Planning Ahead

– JFA are programming in this seasons protected species surveys. With breeding bird surveys already under way, now is the time to book surveys.

– Landscape appraisals under way at projects in Kent and Sussex.

– Bat licence works under way for site in Hertfordshire.

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