Amphibians – Great crested newt surveys have now ended until spring but recruitment monitoring continues through August and September and translocations will continue up to November
Bats – Tree climbing surveys and building inspections are on-going and the season for activity bat surveys will end in September
Natural England has issued new planning guidance in relation to greater horseshoe bats in the vicinity of the South Hams Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in South Devon.
Great Horseshoe Bats Conservation Status and Ecology
All British species of bats and their places of shelter are protected under UK and European law. It is an offence to kill, injure or disturb a bat or to damage or obstruct access to a place used for shelter or protection by bats. A European Protected Species Licence (EPSL) is therefore required to lawfully undertake development works to a building that is a confirmed bat roost and would otherwise trigger an offence.