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United Environmental Services complete Protected species licences every year on behalf of clients ranging from householders to utilities companies.

Licensing and Mitigation

Many species which are resident in the UK are protected by UK and European legislation. Any action or development which has the potential to affect a protected species its habitat may need to be carried out under a protected species licence issued by Natural England. The protected species legislation is not linked to planning permission, and so even if planning permission has been granted by your local planning authority you must still comply with the legislation. Failure to comply with the legislation can lead to heavy fines and potentially custodial sentences. Wildlife crime attracts a great deal of media attention and the bad publicity which comes with a court case can damage a business far more than any fine or sentence imposed by the courts.

The European protected licensing process can appear very confusing if you are unfamiliar with it. United Environmental Services have experience of many successful protected species licence applications. We can provide advice on whether or not you will need to apply for a licence and what Natural England will need from you before they will grant it.

Contact us for free professional advice early in the planning stages of your project to ensure you don't fall foul of the legislation.

Case Studies

Reptile translocation in Gloucestershire

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September 2016
Site: Lydney, Gloucestershire Client: MMC Land and Regeneration ##Project overview UES was commissioned to produce a suite of ecological reports in order to ... more...

Bat surveys of 31 schools across England

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February 2016
Site: 31 schools across England including Yorkshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Greater London and Kent. Client: Education Funding A... more...

GCN surveys and licensing in Cheshire

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January 2016
Site: Robinsons Nurseries, Cheshire Client: Robinsons Nurseries Ltd Protected species: Great crested newts ##Project overview UES were appointed by Robinson... more...

Bat & GCN surveys in Runcorn, Cheshire

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December 2015
Site: Runcorn, Cheshire Client: Cranford Estates Protected species: Great crested newts & bats ##Project overview UES carried out a preliminary ecological a... more...

Bat surveys of 6 schools in Nottinghamshire

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December 2015
Site: 6 schools in Nottinghamshire Client: Education Funding Agency and Kier Construction Protected species: Bats ##Project overview UES were commissioned b... more...

BLE maternity roost in Watlington

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November 2015
Site: Watlington, Oxfordshire Protected species: Bats ##Project overview UES carried out a bat scoping survey of a private residential dwelling in October 20... more...

European Protected Species Licence for Bats

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March 2013
UES is currently preparing a European Protected Species License application for bats issued by Natural England. The application is for the demolition and redeve... more...

Bat survey near Chester

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April 2012
A bat scoping survey and bird scoping survey of a farm building in Golborne, Cheshire was carried out by UES. Golborne is a small village south of Chester. T... more...

European Protected Species Licence - Bats

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February 2012
UES have recently completed a European Protected Species Licence application for a building in Oxfordshire. Bat surveys were conducted by UES in September 201... more...

Phase 1 Habitat Survey in Winchester

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November 2011
UES recently completed an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of an old mill in Winchester. An Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey involves mapping the habitats on the ... more...

Extended phase 1 habitat survey in Deeside

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August 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Deeside, North Wales in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their development... more...

Bat scoping survey in High Wycombe

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July 2011
UES completed a bat scoping survey of St Francis Church in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The bat scoping survey consisted of an external building inspection a... more...

Bat survey of nursing home in Staffordshire

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July 2011
UES recently completed a bat survey of a nursing home in Kings Bromley, Staffordshire. The bat survey consisted of a full internal building inspection and a ful... more...

Great crested newt survey in Cheshire

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June 2011
UES were commissioned in June 2011 to conduct a great crested newt pond scoping survey to assess potential presence of great crested newts within 250m of the de... more...

Bat licensing and mitigation Oxfordshire

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October 2010
Our client approached us for mitigation advice following a bat survey on a former farm barn in the village of Holton in Oxfordshire. The original surveys had be... more...

Bat survey in Timperley, Cheshire

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October 2010
United Environmental services were commissioned to carry out bat surveys of an industrial site in Timperley, Cheshire. The site consists of a series of large in... more...

Demolition of old mill buildings

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February 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out bat surveys on a series of old mill buildings in Tunstall near stoke on Trent. The buildings on the... more...