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Case Studies of Bats in Culverts

The Environment Agency are looking to produce some internal guidance on bats and culverts and are looking for examples of bat roosts in culverts to inform this. They would like to know of any bat roosts in culverts including the species, numbers, roost type, time of year bats present, height of culvert, length of culvert, construction materials and frequency of flooding/hydrological regime. They are also keen to know the key factors used to assess the suitability of culverts for bats and what type of surveys and survey effort employed to establish presence or absence.

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Wildlife Licence Charges Consultation

Natural England have been reviewing the way they fund and deliver their licensing service. As a result of this, they are putting forward a proposal to introduce charges for certain areas of licensing work. They are now consulting on this proposal. Details of the proposed charges and exemptions are provided in the consultation document, which includes a detailed breakdown for each individual licence type.

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Outer Thames Estuary SPA

The Outer Thames Estuary was classified as a Special Protection Area (SPA) on 31st October in accordance with The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations, 2010 (now The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations, 2017 (SI 2017 No. 1012). To view the consultation, click here >  The extended SPA affords protection to foraging common tern and little tern, breeding in their colonies in adjacent SPA’s.

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