Protected Species Surveys

With over 20 years of experience working with protected species, we can provide the expertise to accompany any project that has the potential to affect protected species.
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Whether you need a Phase 1 Habitat Survey, an ecological risk assessment, bat surveys, great crested newt surveys or any other ecological services, our extensive experience means that you can trust us to deliver your survey on time and on budget.

All of our preliminary ecological appraisals come with a protected species risk assessment as standard, so that your development is not delayed by unexpected ecological issues. Our protected species risk assessments cover all European and UK protected species including: bats, great crested newts, reptiles, badgers, otters, water voles and white-clawed crayfish. We can also incorporate regional and local Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority species and habitats into our ecological assessments.

We are fully licensed to undertake bat surveys across the UK. All of our survey methodologies are in line with current guidelines from statutory bodies and the Bat Conservation Trust, ensuring methodology is in line with best practice. Our ecologists have held and/or are actively involved with mitigation licences for all bat species in the UK.

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We can assist at any stage of the planning process, by completing a risk assessment for great crested newts as part of our preliminary ecological appraisal surveys. Our team of ecologists utilise survey methodology outlined within the latest guidance from statutory nature conservation bodies, and the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK.

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We hold survey licences for all UK reptile species, allowing us to carry out full reptile surveys, capture and translocation. We have a proven track record of devising and implementing successful mitigation and compensation strategies.

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We are experienced in all aspects of badger ecology, including mitigation, exclusion and licence applications. Our fully trained team hold licences for badger work across the UK, and are experienced in sett construction and removal, and managing exclusion fencing.

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All wild birds, including both eggs and nests, are protected by UK law; which makes it an offence to intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird; or take, damage or destroy the nest or eggs of any wild bird. Some species are afforded greater protection that makes it an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb any wild bird listed on Schedule 1 while it is nest building, or at a nest containing eggs or young, or disturb the dependent young of such a bird.

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Both otter and water vole are protected by UK and EU legislation, making it an offence to intentionally capture, kill, disturb or injure an otter or water vole; damage, destroy or block access to their breeding and resting places or places of shelter; or to possess, sell, control or transport live or dead animals or parts of them.

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We have a team, trained and fully licensed capable of carrying out a variety of surveys for other protected species including; Hazel Dormouse, White Clawed Crayfish, Pine Marten, Polecat and Killarney Fern. We can devise appropriate mitigation and management strategies to suit the clients requirements.

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If a certain species is not listed here, just get in touch with us as we can carry out various surveys for lots of different species.

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