It can sometimes be difficult to estimate which protected species may be present on your site. To assist with this we have developed a decision tree.
This decision tree provides you with an indication of the protected/notable species that you may need to consider within your scheme. This can be a useful tool when compiling a development programme, as it gives an indication of the likely protected species surveys that may be required (some of which are seasonally restricted - view our survey calendar) as well as the mitigation that may need to be included (view our mitigation calendar. The aim is to prevent delays to development programmes or costs associated with redesigning plans.
No protected species surveys are required but works should proceed with caution. If a protected species is encountered during the course of the development, then works should cease and advice sought from an ecological consultant. The scheme should include opportunities for biodiversity enhancements, such as green corridors and species specific enhancements.
Source: Natural England