Planning for Biodiversity
Providing information and guidance on how to integrate planning and development while looking after our ecological assets in Dorset.
In order to comply with all relevant government legislation on biodiversity a Biodiversity Appraisal scheme has been set up in Dorset. You may need to have a bat and/or biodiversity survey carried out prior to applying for planning permission.
Even if a planning application is not necessary works involving the following should be subject to an ecological assessment:
A Ecological Survey Season Guide provides a summary of the optimum periods for surveys according to species.
Advice notes and guidance sheets
A series of advice notes and guidance sheets are available on protected species (for example, bats, otters and badgers), non-native invasive species and habitats in Dorset, with best practice guidance.