Projects should be checked to evaluate whether they could affect protected sites or species.
- If you are clearing scrub, consider the impact on nesting birds and small mammals.
- If you are working in ponds, consider the impact on great crested newts. These are protected by law. To avoid impact on all amphibians, avoid undertaking works on ponds during spring and summer – the best months to undertake pond work are September and October.
- If you are working in rivers, consider the impact on water voles, otters or beavers.
- All birds, their nests and eggs are protected by law, so you should avoid cutting back scrub, hedges and trees between 1 March and 31 July. Find out more about wild birds: protection and licences.
- To see protected species records visit a County Environmental Records centre – you can find the relevant record centre using LERC-finder. Or you can use the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas, which is the UK’s largest collection of biodiversity information.
Find out more about how to avoid harming protected areas and species during development work.