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Public Guidance and Planning Advice

A Householder's Guide to Engaging an Ecologist

This document sets out broadly what is involved when a homeowner is required to submit an ecological survey as part of a planning application for a small-scale development. This guidance may be provided to homeowners in order to provide some background to the survey requirements and process. This document is not a guide to undertaking an ecological survey. 

 

Bat Survey Guidelines for UK Homeowners 2015

This document sets out broadly what is involved when a ‘bat survey and report’ is required in relation to small-scale development (householder planning applications) in the UK. This guidance may be provided to homeowners by those commissioned to undertake surveys, in order to provide some background to bat surveys and assessment. This document is not a guide to undertaking bat surveys. Further advice about bats is available from the Bat Conservation Trust or through the National Bat Help Line (0345 1300 228).

Download the Welsh translation of the Bat Survey Guidelines

 

Biodiversity Advice Note: Permitted Development Rights and Biodiversity (England)

Published in March 2017 jointly with the Association of Local Government Ecologists (ALGE).

 

Planning Naturally

Planning naturally - Spatial planning with nature in mind: in the UK and beyond  is a publication jointly produced by the RSPB, RTPI and CIEEM, who have come together to show how planning for biodiversity should be integral to every part of the planning process and to inspire with examples of good practice, whatever country you are working in. This report is structured around 12 principles of good spatial planning, and illustrates them with case studies from all four countries of the UK, as well as some international examples.
Publication date: 2013