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Site Scoping Survey

A site scoping survey is a useful tool to rapidly assess whether a site is likely to impact protected wildlife or habitats. Our ecologists will meet with the developer and survey the site using extended Phase 1 guidelines. This will result in a baseline report indicating any areas where further surveys and/or mitigation may be required, for example if a badger sett is found, if the site is close to a river (and may therefore require otter, water vole or beaver surveys), or if buildings on site are likely to contain bats or breeding birds. Carrying out a scoping survey at an early stage can prevent delays due to problems with planning applications and time constraints on some environmental surveys.

A protected species survey is often carried out as part of a Site Scoping Survey. This will result in a report mapping any protected species on the site and any mitigation considerations which may be required in order to comply with current legislation. If a developer is already aware of a protected species which may be affected by a project we can survey and provide a mitigation plan solely for that particular species. These species include:


Nesting birds protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act

Birds protected under Shedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act

Non-avian species protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act

Badgers protected under the Badger Protection Act

European Protected Species as listed under Schedule 2 of the Habitats Regulations

Protected Species Survey

Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW)

An Ecological Clerk of Works provides on-site guidance to developers during the construction phase of a project and ensures legal compliance for protected species or habitats, and is often a condition of gaining planning permission.

EcOW fitting badger gates

Taylor Wildlife ECoW demonstrating how to make a badger gate for sett exclusion to allow vital road repairs to be carried out.