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New informal design guidance for Protecting Bats in Waterside Development in Bath has been published (July 2018). (Plus Appendix 1: River Avon Horseshoe Bat Monitoring Study (2016), Appendix 2: River Avon Horseshoe Bat Monitoring Study Winter Addendum Report (2016), Appendix 3: Baseline Lighting Survey Data: River Avon – Bath Enterprise Zone (2017), Appendix 4: River Avon Edge Conditions Mapping (2017) p1 - 10 and p11 - 19).

Find out about the wild side of Bath & North East Somerset! 

Ecology is the study of living things in their natural habitats. B&NES Planning Services has a key role in delivering the local Biodiversity Action Plan through the Wildthings Partnership.

Bath & North East Somerset is home to a vast array of interesting and rare species and habitats.  

Planning Services provides ecological advice, and guidance on wildlife protection legislation, in relation to developments and more generally. This includes:

The Bristol Region Environmental Records Centre (BRERC) provides data on where wildlife sites and species are in Bath and North East Somerset. See the BRERC website:  Email:

Planning Applications and Ecology 

Details of Ecological and Geological assessment requirements for Planning Applications can be found here: Biodiversity and Geological Conservation Assessment – Planning Application requirements.


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