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