Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Mining and quarrying disturbs the land, plants and animals at the site.
Your mine or quarry can play an important role in helping to conserve habitats and species. When you restore a site, you can provide new and sometimes rare habitats for plants and animals.
You must prevent or repair any damage your activities could have on:
If you have protected species on your site, you may need consent to move them. For further information, see our nature conservation guidance.
If your activities cause or could cause environmental damage to biodiversity, see our guidance on environmental damage to biodiversity.
Before you do anything to any tree at your site check with your local council, or local planning office in Northern Ireland, whether the trees are protected by a tree preservation order (TPO).
If you remove, prune, cut down, lop, top or ring bark a tree covered by a TPO without planning permission you are committing an offence.
If your site is in a conservation area the trees will automatically be protected.
You should check your site for:
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