The presence of protected species is a material consideration in every planning application. The Council has a duty to protect and conserve biodiversity in all its functions. The Hertfordshire Environmental Records Centre holds information on whether protected species such as bats or newts have been recorded in an area. In addition, the Council's interactive map provides information on whether the application is within or close proximity to a Wildlife Site, Special Area of Conservation (SAC) or Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Community Map is based on information produced by others and could be out of date. Natural England hold the latest information on SAC and SSSIs. Building Futures also provides helpful information and guidance on biodiversity in Hertfordshire.