Cambridge Ecology has a wealth of experience and expertise in undertaking protected species surveys for all British protected species and understands their ecological requirements and the implications of their presence within and adjacent to development sites.
Standing advice from Natural England is that protected species are a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.
If the presence of a protected species is considered possible or the findings of an initial ecology survey, such as an Preliminary Ecological Assessment, indicates that any species listed in Article 12 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (Habitats Regulations) 2017 (as amended), or the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), may be present, then protected species surveys are a legal requirement and a planning application will likely be rejected without the results of a protected species survey included.
Our team of suitably qualified ecologists enables us to carry out protected species surveys throughout England, including Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater London, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Suffolk, Surrey, West and East Sussex, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Wiltshire, Yorkshire. We have also carried out surveys in Wales and Scotland.
Licensed Protected Species Survey
Where protected species are likely to be affected by a development, appropriate surveys will be required to assess short or long-term impacts to meet wildlife legislation and planning policy requirements. Early consideration of protected species in the project design process will avoid costly problems or delays at later stages.
We design our protected species surveys to ensure that they follow recognised methodologies and guidelines.
We can undertake surveys (and hold survey licences, where appropriate) for species including:
- Amphibians – Great Crested Newt
- Water Vole
- Invertebrates, inc. White-Clawed Crayfish
Through our survey results we will provide you with an assessment of the likely ecological impacts of your development on each protected species; and our clear and concise reports will identify measures necessary to inform and add essential detail to the project design.
For more information on how we can help you, please get in touch or call 01954 231239.