Essential guidance for the assessment of plans and projects under the UK Habitats Regulations

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Welcome to the Award winning Habitats Regulations Assessment Handbook and accompanying Journal

Aimed at statutory bodies, local authorities, other 'competent authorities', third sector organisations, ecologists, lawyers, planners and project proposers, the Handbook is the one definitive source of detailed guidance that is regularly updated for good practice and monitored by a barrister specialising in environmental law and the Habitats Regulations in particular.


**NEWS** Working in partnership with DTA Ecology, we are pleased to announce a series of HRA Masterclasses. Click the 'training' tab above to find out more.


Current subscribers to the Handbook include

  • Natural England
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Northern Ireland Shared Environment Service
  • Environment Agency
  • Marine Management Organisation
  • The Planning Inspectorate
  • Environment Protection Agency (Ireland)
  • An Bord Pleanala
  • Department Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland)
  • Local planning authorities
  • Consultants, lawyers and third sector organisations


Click here to find out more about who currently uses the Handbook.


Fully consistent with relevant guidance and case law, it covers all aspects of the assessment process and has been informed by feedback from key stakeholders. The Journal is the only UK periodical in this field to keep you informed. 


Click here to read an independent published user review.

Click here to preview the Handbook content.


DEFRA statement on EU Exit 

The Habitats and Wild Birds Directives – What happens at the end of the transition period?

The legislation transposing the EU Habitats Directive and the Wild Birds Directive has been changed so that they continue to operate effectively from 1st January 2021. This includes the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (as amended) in England and Wales, and the Conservation of Offshore Marine Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (as amended). The changes have been made by the Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The changes ensure the strict protections afforded to sites, habitats and species, including wild birds, continue. Further information about the changes introduced by the amending regulations will be available on from 1 January 2021. Most of these changes involved transferring functions from the European Commission to the appropriate authorities in England and Wales.

All other processes or terms in the 2017 Regulations remain unchanged and existing guidance is still relevant.
Further support is available from Natural England, the Environment Agency, Forestry Commission or Marine Management Organisation.

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