Ecological mitigation may be avoided if it’s possible to retain and protect areas of suitable dormouse woodland and hedgerow habitat during the development process. If damage, disturbance or removal of dormouse habitat is necessary this would need to be implemented under a European Protected Species Licence.
Appropriate mitigation will need to be implemented at a suitable time of year and habitat clearance conducted in a sensitive manner to reduce the risk of harm to dormice. It is also essential to ensure the maintenance of habitat continuity when planning a dormouse mitigation and compensation
Translocation of dormice to alternative off-site habitats is possible in exceptional circumstances,
but should be considered as a last resort option as it is disruptive to natural populations and the success rate of translocations is indefinite.
If development activities are likely to cause an offence and ecological mitigation is required for the site, a European Protected Species Licence application will be required, accompanied by a detailed method statement setting out the mitigation and compensation measures necessary under the licence. The licence application must show that the favourable conservation status of the dormouse is maintained at that there is no satisfactory alternative to the proposed development. In England, survey licences are issued by Natural England.
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