Wildlife licensing reform worries ecologists

Conservationists and ecologists have voiced concerns over changes to the licensing system governing how developers can deal with protected species on their sites. 

Regulator Natural England announced the changes in December, saying they would save developers time and money while increasing investment in habitats for species, such as great crested newts, dormice, bats and water voles.

It introduced four new policies, including: not requiring developers to relocate species if there is a programme to enhance or create sufficient alternative habitat ...

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