What is an EPS licence?
For works which cause disturbance to a European protected species or damage to their resting places it is necessary to apply for a European protected species (EPS) mitigation licence before the work can start. It is necessary to appoint an ecologist to write and submit the application and to liaise with Natural England on your behalf.
European protected species are protected under Regulation 41 of The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 due to their rarity in the UK and include but not limited to, all bat species and species such as great crested newts and otter.
When do I need to get in touch?
If you require, or think you may require a protected species licence to undertake works, no matter your project scale simply get in touch with us at your earliest opportunity as licence applications can be a lengthy process and are the main cause of delays in project initiation.
How can EcoNorth Help Me?
We can advise you on the licencing process, timescales, protected species mitigation and outlining ecological method statements as part of the EPSL process.
- Writing and submission of the EPSL application with your input
- Advise on suitable mitigation methods required by the licencing process
- On hand to provide advice and practical solutions where works are affected by the presence of European protected species
- Full Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) capabilities often associated with works carried out under a EPS Licence ensuring works can proceed while meeting legal requirements