Ecology advice

Protected species in Lichfield District

European protected species (EPS) are protected under the conservation regulations. EPS found in Lichfield District include:

  • all species of bat
  • great crested newt
  • otter
  • white-clawed crayfish

Other species that are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and the Protection of Badgers Act and that are often encountered through the planning process include:

  • water vole
  • barn owl
  • grass snake
  • slowworm
  • common lizard
  • badger

There are also some species that are given a certain level of protection within the planning process as they are the subject of a biodiversity action plan (BAP) at either the UK level or local level, and often both.