Application of new protected species policies save time and money for clients

Natural England has introduced new policies on managing protected species on development sites, aimed at securing a better outcome for the species whilst reducing developer costs and delays. EAD Ecology has successfully applied these new policies on behalf of clients for two recent great crested newt mitigation licences. As EAD Ecology Director Matt Cowley explains “We negotiated use of the new polices through Natural England’s pre-submission screening. In both cases, it was agreed that no great crested newt capture or translocation would be undertaken on the basis that a wildlife pond suitable for newts was provided in public open space within the development. Without use of the new policy, a minimum of 60 nights of great crested newt capture and translocation would have been required, so our clients avoided significant programme delay and costs”.

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