Planning advice for developers

Making space for wildlife - Paul HobsonMaking space for wildlife - Paul Hobson

As a developer, there are lots of things that you can do to accommodate wildlife on your site.

The Trust can advise you on getting the best for wildlife in your development

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust can offer advice at any stage on how you can avoid problems and maximise the wildlife in your development. Email k.dewey@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880122 for information on how we can help.

Staffordshire Ecological Record can proviide information on the habitats and species on your site (there is a fee for commercial work). It's also worthwhile checking if there have been any previous applications in the nearby area as environmental surveys may have already been done that will provide a useful reference source. 

You could also talk to local residents to gain information that could be relevant to your application, such as any flooding issues or wildlife sightings.

Commissioning an ecological consultant

If you need to commission the services of an ecology consultant, for example for a protected species survey, visit the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) webpage or ENDS Directory to find a reputable consultant.

Further information

The following links offer a variety of information to help you.

The Biodiversity Planning Toolkit

Interactive map providing geographic information about the natural environment

Protected species advice

Planning for biodiversity and geological conservation: a guide to good practice

Working with the grain of nature: a biodiversity strategy for England

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

RSPB Schedule 1 Bird List

Information on European Protected Species

The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010

Habitats and Species of Principal Importance in England

Green roof information

Information on sustainable drainage