Protected Species Surveys
Any development that has the potential to affect a protected species requires a Protected Species survey. Protected species are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (as amended).
The Phase 1 Habitat Survey is usually the first stage of a protected species survey. This consists of a desk based study and a field survey, which identifies the habitats on a site and their suitability for any protected species. For most developments this is all that is required, but if a protected species or its habitat requirements are identified, a further species specific survey is usually recommended.
A Protected Species Survey confirms the presence or absence of a single species. This is determined by one or more site visits undertaken throughout the year. A desk based search also consults local record centres, volunteer groups and on line resources for any existing information as to the presence or absence of any protected species.
If a protected species is found to be on a potential development site, we work with our clients to determine if there is any way that any impact upon the species can be avoided. If this is possible, then we will detail this in the Protected Species Survey report. If this is not possible, then a European Protected Species License will be required.
Bagshaw Ecology specialise in carrying out various Protected Species Surveys, including:
For more information on legislation regarding protected species the UK, we recommend viewing the Natural England website.
If you have questions regarding protected species in the UK, or would like a quotation for a Protected Species Survey, please contact us.