Habitats Regulations Appraisal

Habitats Regulations Appraisal is a detailed assessment of the likely significant effects of a plan or proposal on the National Site Network of Internationally Protected Sites.

Our skilled team of ecologists are proficient in providing HRA for projects across Scotland and we’d be happy to help with this.

Where a plan or proposed project may affect any international site in the UK (e.g. Special protection Areas, Special Areas of Conservation, or RAMSAR wetlands), these developments must be subject to a Habitats regulations Appraisal.

Typically, a HRA is completed by the Competent Authority (usually the local planning body) but for many projects, they request that a shadow HRA be compiled and submitted to them in order to inform their assessment.

A Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) looks at a project or plan and determines whether it to have any “likely significant effects” on any site which is part of the UK Site Network (formerly the Natura 2000 Site Network).

The UK Site network includes Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation.

A HRA looks at the features of each designated site, identifies potential effect pathways, and then looks at the likelihood that any affects on the designating features will alter their conservation status, or be significant (e.g. “likely significant effect”).

Our skilled team of ecologists are proficient with completing HRA and would be happy to discuss how we can assist you today.