Protected Species Surveys

Protected Species Surveys
All our surveys are conducted within the CIEEM  competancies for surveying protected species.

 

Bat Surveys


Preliminary roost appraisals: An assessment of buildings, trees and surrounding habitats to determine their suitability for roosting bats. 

Nocturnal bat surveys: Night-time surveys using bat recording and night vision equipment to confirm the absence/presence of bats at a building or tree.

EPS licensing:  We can organise the writing of European Protected Species Licences ready for an application to Natural England.

Mitigation: This includes ecological clerk of works such as supervising roof strips and demolition works.

 

For more information see the helpsheet What to Expect From a Bat Survey: A guide for UK home owners from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

Badger Surveys


Surveying a site for evidence of badgers such as setts, tracks, latrines and hairs.

Using camera traps to record nocturnal badger activity.

Bird Surveys


Breeding bird surveys: A site which has the potential to support nesting birds may require a  survey to assess its importance as a breeding location. The surveys should be conducted at the time when birds are making nests, laying eggs and rearing young, usually between March and August.  We have experience of a number of bird survey techniques depending on the habitat; for example the MacKinnon Lists Technique for woodland species.

Barn owl surveys:      Following good practice guidelines from the Barn Owl Trust we look for evidence such as nests, roosting sites, pellets, droppings, prey remains and feathers.

Great crested newt surveys


Presence/absence nocturnal surveys using torches and bottle trapping.

‘eDNA’ (environmental DNA) surveys are a relatively new alternative to full presence/absence surveys, and are respected by Natural England, and for planning purposes. Our licensed ecologists are able to undertake eDNA surveys at your site. 

Invertebrate surveys


We undertake a wide range of types of invertebrate surveys, such as freshwater macroinvertebrates, butterflies, spiders and  snails .

Invertebrate surveys are primarily undertaken from April – September. However, specific species requiring surveys may be subject to smaller survey window periods.

Reptile surveys


Reptile Habitat Assessment  in accordance with Natural England and Froglife guidance.

Presence/absence surveys for reptiles including  Slow-worm, Common Lizard, Grass Snake, following industry standard guidelines and methodology.

Water vole surveys


Presence/absence surveys for water voles following industry standard guidelines and methodology.

Signs of Water Voles looked for would typically include their droppings, latrines, burrows, feeding signs and footprints.

Survey calendar


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