Protected Species Surveys
A number of animal and plant species are protected by legislation and many of these species are widespread throughout the UK and Ireland. For example, bats, badgers, birds, otters and newts are commonly found on development sites in both urban and rural situations. As inadvertent disturbance or injury of these species can result in financial penalties and delays to your project, it is important that appropriate protected species surveys are conducted prior to commencement of on-site works.
Protected species surveys are commonly required for many different types of project, from planning applications to research and conservation management. The type of project and the specific site conditions will influence the species likely to be found on site, and ultimately determine the type of surveys that are required, the methods used and the time involved. Most protected species surveys need to be conducted at specific times of the year, and when weather conditions are suitable. Through careful planning we can help achieve a successful outcome for your project while staying within the law and protecting wildlife.
Our ecologists are experienced in conducting surveys and monitoring operations for a wide range of protected species including bats, birds, badgers, otters, newts, lizards, invertebrates (including marsh fritillary butterflies), vascular plants, fungi, bryophytes and lichens. We can provide pragmatic, practical advice on appropriate mitigation measures for a successful outcome. All our protected species surveys and monitoring activities are conducted in accordance with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Guidelines and relevant Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) specific survey requirements.
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