Planning and Ecology

Protected Species

A surprising number of unique species can be found in Pembrokeshire and more information about this can be found through the Biodiversity pages.

Species commonly affected by planning applications in Pembrokeshire include:

European Protected Species (EPS)

UK Protected Species

  • All wild birds, their nests and eggs
  • Barn Owl (additional protection from disturbance)
  • Badger
  • Reptiles

European Protected Species

When determining a planning application the presence of a European Protected Species (EPS) is a material consideration if the proposal is likely to result in disturbance or harm to the species and in some cases their habitat.

TAN 5 states:
"It is essential that the presence or otherwise of protected species, and the extent that they may be affected by the proposed development, is established before the planning permission is granted, otherwise all relevant material considerations may not have been addressed in making the decision."

The Local Planning Authority will consider the potential impact of the development upon the species based on information provided by the applicant to support their application. This may include a Protected Species or Extended Phase 1 Survey, proposals for compensation, mitigation or enhancement and drawings to support the inclusion of such features. Consultation will also take place with Natural Resources Wales (NRW), the Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation for the Welsh Government.

Having protected species on site rarely prevents development but the applicant will need to take steps to secure the protection of the species and that they comply with relevant legislation and licensing.

Consider ecological issues early to ensure they do not result in avoidable delays!


Any queries relating to protected species and sites should be directed to:

Planning Ecologist
01437 776376

ID: 1937, revised 20/04/2023