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Legal Update Course - European Protected Species
All the ecologists from Adonis Ecology attended the legal training course for professional ecologists at Freeths Solicitors in London on the 28th March 2018. This course covered the likely effect of Brexit, changes in government policies relating to Environmental Impact Assessment and European Protected Species (bats, great crested newts, dormice for example) and site licensing.

We attend legal update courses every couple of years to ensure that we can deliver advice to our clients that is as appropriate and proportionate as possible while helping our clients comply with wildlife legislation.

Of particular interest was learning more about district-level great crested newt licensing. In districts where this has been put in place (a minority at present) for some developments this can mean much reduced survey requirements for developers, a financial contribution rather than having to do substantial mitigation, and potentially significant savings on time. From what we have seen so far, if you are a developer needing a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal anyway, it would make sense to first see if your appraisal reveals a negligible or low risk of great crested newts, before paying out what may be an unnecessary extra for the district-level licence.

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