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. Inadvertent disturbance or injury of these species can result in financial penalties and delays to your project. So it is important that appropriate Protected Species Surveys are conducted prior to the commencement of on-site works.

When are protected species surveys required?

Protected species surveys are commonly required for many different types of project, from planning applications to research and conservation management. These surveys are included as standard up to 25m beyond the site boundary within Preliminary Ecological Appraisals and Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys.

The habitats on-site and in the surrounding areas will influence the species likely to be present and in combination with the details of the proposed works will ultimately determine the type of surveys that will be required, the methods used and the time involved. Most surveys for protected species 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, badgers, otters, newts, lizards, plants and invertebrates (including marsh fritillary butterflies). We can provide pragmatic, practical advice on appropriate mitigation measures for a successful outcome. All our surveys and monitoring activities are conducted in accordance with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Guidelines and the relevant Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) specific survey requirements (available here).

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