European legislation requires member states including the UK to designate a series of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) to protect areas supporting populations and habitats of importance within Europe. This network of European protected sites is widely referred to as the Natura 2000 Network. Any plan or project which could be considered to have a ‘likely significant effect’ on a Natura 2000 site requires a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA).
We have extensive experience of undertaking HRA’s across the UK on some complex sites. This experience is underpinned by our in depth knowledge of the relevant European Legislation. Together with our knowledge of the relevant habitats and species and in many cases close familiarity with the designated sites themselves, we provide robust advice on any likely significant effects on your site and how best to avoid and/or mitigate for these.