Find out how we work to conserve our natural environment including protected species and habitats.
What we do
Northumberland has a very special natural environment and we
want to ensure that any proposed development takes this into
account to preserve and enhance our beautiful county.
A range of species are protected under national and
international legislation – find out which species we have in the
county and what to do if you have any concerns about them.
Sites can be protected in a number of different ways depending
on their importance for certain species and habitats.
Ecological surveys often need to be submitted with planning
applications, so that important habitats and species can be taken
into account in the planning process.
Many ecological surveys can only be undertaken at certain times
of year, as many plants are only visible for part of the year and
many animals are only active or resident in Northumberland for part
of the year.
It is therefore very important that developers consult the
council regarding ecological survey requirements as early as
possible, so that seasonal constraints do not cause delays to work
There are several organisations that also have a role to play in
conserving our natural environment.