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18 March 2013:

Protected Species Surveys - Great Crested Newt - 2013
Remember to book your survey early to enable our licensed ecologists to undertake the required number of surveys within the optimal survey window. The optimal survey window is mid-March to mid-June and two surveys should fall within the period of mid-April to mid-May.

Remember, that we may also need to allow extra time to arrange access to adjacent ponds falling within 500 m of the proposed development site.

You can book your survey by contacting us at: or ring us on 07707 608 296

Protected Species - Reptile Mitigaiton - 2013
If you have a reptile mitigation project to carry out on a development site, remember to book this early to enable our ecologists to undertake the required number of capture days within the optimal mitigation window. The optimal window is April to June, and again late August to end of September,. However, the latter period will be subject to weather conditons and the discretion of our ecologists. Please note that the number of capture days will vary from site to site and will depend on the population densities of reptiles present on your site.

To book your reptile mitigaiton project, please email us directly at or phone us on 07707 608 296 to discuss your project.

Protected Species - bat surveys - 2013
If you require a building inspection for bats, this can be undertaken at any time of year. However, the inspection survey may disclose the need for further emergence surveys to be undertaken within the optimal time of year April to September, (preferably May to August). This is particularly relevant in buildings where bats have been confirmed to be present, or in buildings where there is a potential for them to be present. One of our licensed bat consultants will undertake the building inspection.

If you require just emergence surveys on a building, please remember to book these early so that our licenced ecologists can undertake these within the optimal survey window. The survey window is (April to September, preferably May to August). The number of emergence surveys required will depend on the potential of your building, and if bats are known to be present. These are described below for your information:

High potential building:                   2 dusk and 1 dawn survey

Bats known to be present:              2 dusk and 1 dawn survey

Low potential building:                    1 dusk and 1 dawn survey

To book your bat survey, please email us directly at or phone us on 07707 608 296.

Protected species surveys - reptiles
Remember to book your survey early to enable our Reptile Ecologist to carry out a reptile survey on your development site. In general, a reptile survey will comprise a minimum of 7-10 survey visits to assess absence/presence and typically take 6 weeks to complete. This is calculated on the fact that there should be 30 days between the first visit and the last visit, and the artificial refugia (Onduline, roofing felt) will need to bed-in for 2 weeks prior to the surveys commencing.

Surveys are undertaken between April and September (preferably April to June, and again late August to the end of September). Surveys can be undertaken between July and August, although these are likely to be restricted to a few hours in the morning and subject to weather conditions. This is due to the reduced basking activity of reptiles and will be to the discretion of the ecologist working on your project.

To book your survey, please contact us directly at or phone us on 07707 608 296

More details on other protected species to follow shortly.

Also, to come shortly: protected species surveys calender and mitigation calenders


Bat boxes and wildlife enhancement

One of our licensed bat workers recently visited one of our established landowners to check if some bat boxes were currently being used. It was revealed that the box had never been used, enabling the landowners to move the box to a more suitable location. However, our team undertook some dusk emergence surveys last year which revealed the presence of a bat roost in one of the farm buildings. Our team continue to work with the landowners to enhance the site for wildlife, including bats.


More information on our latest projects coming soon.

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