Many species are legally protected in the UK. The presence of protected species is of material consideration when planning authorities are reviewing planning applications. Where a scoping survey (e.g. extended Phase 1) identifies potential for protected species at a site, species-specific surveys may be required. Surveys for some species (e.g. bats) are also advisable for developments where planning consent is not required but protected species may be present (e.g. re-roofing a dwelling), to avoid the risk of committing an offence by damaging or destroying a bat roost or directly or indirectly harming bats.
Helix Ecology can identify the likely presence of protected species. Together with our professional associates we are able to provide the specialist field skills necessary to survey the following species: badger, bats, birds including barn owl, dormouse, great crested newt, otter, reptiles, water vole, white-clawed crayfish.
We can also survey for brown hares, a UK biodiversity action plan species.
Surveys and assessment are completed in accordance with methodology advocated by good practice guidelines. Our reports can be used to inform impact appraisals and assessments for planning applications, protected species licence applications, or provide baseline data for management plans.
Timely surveys can help reduce costs and prevent delays. Download our ecological survey calendar for more information.
From our base on Exmoor we can deliver ecological consultancy services throughout the UK, our core area being southwest England (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire).