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To help you make the most of your voice, we've produced a set of leaflets that give you the power to influence local decisions and protect the wildlife that is important to you.
We've split the information into four key areas to help better guide you through the maze of the planning system.
When dealing with a live planning application, you will need to be objective and decide if there is a genuine case. Wasting time on a weak element of your campaign may undermine other legitimate planning concerns.
Find out the key questions you need to ask in order to build a case for protecting wildlife through the planning system.
Find out how the planning system is used to determine what types of development should happen where.
Published 5 March 2012
Find out what can and cannot be done to protect birds, their nests and habitat from development proposals and other threats.
Hedges and trees are important wildlife habitat in the English countryside. Find out what can and cannot be done to protect hedges and trees from development.
Many of the best wildlife sites in England are recognised by a conservation designation. Find out how to tell if your site is internationally, nationally or locally important for wildlife.
Use your local knowledge to influence development at an early stage.
By understanding the planning system and how to respond to planning applications, you may be able to prevent a harmful development, or even enhance a proposal's value to wildlife.
Development plans have a key role in deciding where future development goes in any given area. Find out how you can influence new development being planned for your area.
Some of the largest and most controversial development proposals are not dealt with through the normal planning process. Find out which types of development proposal are affected, what policies and procedures are applied to such proposals, and how you can get involved.
Find out how you can influence your council and help make your area more sustainable for the future.
Get more information on specific species, as well as more detailed planning advice from our list of useful contacts.
The more people who know what you are trying to achieve, the more support you will likely get for your campaign. Find out how to get your local media and local politicians involved.
When trying to protect the environment, your local politicians can be useful allies. Find out how to get your message across to them.
Find out how to get your story noticed by local media so they can support you too.