Refund Policy

Below are the relevant sections of our terms & conditions regarding refunds in respect of a subscription to the Habitats Regulations Assessment Handbook:

2.2 When you request a subscription (which includes renewal of a subscription) whether in hardcopy or online (as applicable to the publication or service), this subscription will be for a period of 12 months, the defined ‘subscription period’, unless Clause 2.5 below applies or as otherwise stated herein. Whilst you are entitled to give notice of intention to cancel your subscription during that 12 month period, you are not entitled to any refund and your access rights will remain in place for the duration of the subscription period. The 12 months will start in accordance with Clause 2.4 below. You therefore have no contractual right to cancel any subscription and because you are requesting access to a “periodical” there is no statutory right of cancellation. Should you renew any subscription, unless otherwise advised, this renewal and future renewals will be subject to these Subscription Terms and Conditions.

2.5 Access rights are supplied subject to availability, remaining in current circulation and continuing to be owned by us or licensed to us. In the event that we are unable to supply any access rights for the agreed term, we will inform you as soon as possible and provide you with a pro rata refund in the event that you have paid for a period for which we cannot comply. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we will not however be liable for any other direct or indirect losses, nor any losses (as set out in Clause 6), caused as a result of not being able to supply you with the subscriptions for all or any of the subscription period. This does not affect your statutory rights.

4.2 Whilst we try to ensure that all prices we display and quote are accurate, errors may occur. If we discover any error in the price of the subscription you have paid compared to the subscription which you ordered and the amount paid exceeds what should have been paid, we will refund the difference; if the amount paid is less than what should have been paid we reserve the right to notify you and either secure payment of the difference or give you the option of recommencing your order at the correct price or cancelling it. If we are unable to contact you, we will treat the order as cancelled. If you cancel for this reason and we have already processed your payment, you will receive a full refund.


Our refund policy for training courses delivered in partnership with DTA Ecology is as follows:

  • A full refund is available for a cancellation which is made more than 1 month before the course date.
  • A delegate is able to transfer to a later course if a cancellation is made up to 7 days before the course date.
  • For cancellation within 7 days a transfer to a later course is only available if we are able to secure a booking through late availability advertising or an active waiting list.


" David Tyldesley & Associates have a long experience of involvement in the application of the Habitats Regulations Assessment process and this product usefully draws together the current state of collective understanding"

Janette Ward (Director Regulation, Natural England)



"Accessible, up to date and expertly written - this is a very useful source of guidance for competent authorities and others involved in assessing both projects and plans"

Adam Cole-King (Senior International Sites Adviser, Natural Resources Wales)



"This HRA Handbook brings a 20th century piece of legislation into the 21st century for everyone to understand"

Craig Rockliffe (Permitting and Conservation Team Leader, Environment Agency)


"This Handbook provides a useful guide to HRA application and case law in English territorial waters" 

Lisa Chilton (Head of Offshore Industries Advice, Joint Nature Conservation Committee)


"The MMO is committed to enabling sustainable growth in making decisions about developoments at sea. We use the HRA Handbook to gain an overview of case law and help ensure consistency in our decision making"

Dickon Howell (Head of Licensing, Marine Management Organisation)


"A timely and much needed publication from the recognised and respected HRA experts" 

Wyn Jones (Convenor of the Nature Conservation Working Group for the UK Environmental Law Association)


"We welcome this detailed guidance and informed discussion on what is a critically important and often complex area of European conservation legislation" 

John Box (CEnv FCIEEM) (President of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management)


The Handbook content has been updated to take account of all recent judgments in the CJEU and the EU Exit amendment Regulations (4 January 2021). 


We have advised the CIEEM In Practice editor that the approach described in the recent article on ‘A novel approach to quantify and mitigate for biodiversity loss caused by Nitrogen deposition’ is inappropriate.  We believe that what is described as mitigation – offsite buffer area for habitat creation and improvement – is actually compensation for the harm to the habitats in the designated SAC.  We advise that this approach should not be adopted without taking legal advice and consulting Natural England HRA and air quality specialists (12th January 2021).