A wide range of plant and animal species are protected by law, and any development or other activities which may adversely affect these species are likely to be subject to the issue of a licence.
These can range from ‘derogation licences’ issued by the Welsh Government with respect to ‘European protected species’ such as bats, otter or great crested newt, to licences issued under the Wildlife & Countryside Act for species such as water vole or white-clawed crayfish, through to site-specific licences issued by Natural Resources Wales for species such as badger.
DCE Ltd has been dealing with licensing issues for protected species since its foundation in 1997, and has an enormous store of knowledge and experience in dealing with these matters.
We have acted as ‘designated ecologists’ on dozens of licence applications for a whole range of species. We can help you by obtaining and completing the latest application forms and preparing all of the necessary method statements and other supporting documents necessary to make an licence application, and we know what kind of information and reassurances the issuing bodies are looking for.
The current derogation licence applications forms for some species can run to 20 pages or more, and require specialised knowledge and experience to complete successfully. We also have excellent working relationships with the licensing bodies, built up over many years, which means the probability of misunderstandings or problems arising are minimised – which is important when you realise that the penalities for offences involving some protected species can amount to £5000.00 per individual animal affected, or up to 6 months in prison!
We can advise you on the steps necessary to safely navigate the species licensing system, and can help you to obtain an outcome which is both satisfactory to the applicant whilst remaining 100% compliant with the legal requirements.