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Protected Species



In 1992 the European Council adopted the Habitats Directive which applies to the United Kingdom. In the Directive 189 habitats are listed and 788 species identified which Member States are charged with protecting.

In the United Kingdom, The Conservation (Natural Habitats) Regulations 1994 transpose the European Directive into national law which came into force in 1994 and has subsequently been amended.

The species which are found within Pembrokeshire are listed here:



If a site that you are seeking to develop supports any of the flora, fauna or other species that are on the list you will need to include details within your application.

In respect of  flora and fauna, you would need  to include a full site survey identifying the population, its distribution and health; assess the impact that your proposals are going to have on it and detail the proposed mitigation measures that you intend to employ to provide protection. 

If a protected species is known to inhabit the site then a full survey may be required which will assess the use that the species makes of the site throughout the different seasons. This may have to be undertaken by an expert and you should build into your programme adequate time to enable the work to be done before submitting any scheme for consideration.

If a species is disturbed you may need a licence from Welsh Assembly Government and you should also discuss any proposals with them.

Bats and Owls

These protected species are commonly found in old buildings and barns.  Any application for work for the alteration, renovation or conversion of such a building (barn/outbuilding, church, disused houses etc) must be supported by a survey and, where species are present, details of all proposed mitigation measures to provide protection to the species. 

The survey must be undertaken by a suitably qualified person.

If an application is submitted without a survey then the application will be held in abeyance and not considered until the survey has been carried out and submitted.