Biodiversity and planning
You can find out more about biodiversity and planning in Dorset on the Dorsetforyou.com website.
In order to comply with all relevant government legislation on biodiversity a Biodiversity Appraisal scheme has been set up for the county.
This link http://www.dorsetforyou.com/biodiversity provides further
links to the Biodiversity Appraisal Scheme, Biodiversity Mitigation Plan (BMP), advice notes and guidance sheets.
The Biodiversity Appraisal & Biodiversity Mitigation Plan Advice Note advises developers or their agents to contact DERC to obtain
existing wildlife records for the site and its environs. A summary of the data should be included in the ecological report with a discussion
of the results.
TThe British Standard (BS42020) released in 2013 also provides guidance on what information consultants shouldequest from a Local
nvironmental Records Centre (LERC), i.e. species and habitat information to inform desk studiesand future fieldwork and assessment (paragraph
There are several reasons to include data from DERC as part of a BMP or EIA:
- To avoid disturbance to known roosts and other wildlife features
- To highlight species likely to occur on site and to help plan survey work
- To give context to the development and aid the interpretation of survey data
- To encourage appropriate mitigation and enhancement
- To mitigate against the cumulative impact of development
Consultants are not expected to include long, un-interpreted species lists from LERCs in their reports, only the main findings and conclusions.
BS42020 goes further in encouraging survey data to be made available to the LERCs at the time that the ecological report enters the
public realm unless there is an explicit contractual restriction on such data release (paragraph 6.4.7). Since 2014 DERC has extract
data from ecological reports submitted to DCC with a Biodiversity Mitigation Plan. The species data extracted from the reports is helping
to provide better information about protected species in Dorset allowing DERC to provide a better response to future data requests.
If you would rather compile and submit your own records please let DERC know. You can submit your records via Living Record or as an
Excel spreadsheet (see example format on our website). If you require any further advice on how to submit your data, please contact the
Records Centre Manager.
For those protected species which require a licence, the licensee is required to submit records collected under the terms of the licence
to the LERC.