The whole LCES team have visited Wild Woodbury, Dorset as part of a field training day, with the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Wild Woodbury is a project in Bere Regis to improve the biodiversity and species abundance on 170ha of ex-farmland.
LCES staff spent the day installing dormouse tubes in suitable habitat across the site. The day provided the team with an excellent training opportunity to refresh our surveying skills prior to the main surveying season, but also to help this ecologically valuable project by providing evidence of dormouse presence on the site.
Over the course of the day, the team placed hundereds of tube in the hedgerows and other suitable habitats across the site. Tubes have to be placed in an appropriate position within the hedgerow, not too high, and not too low, with the entrance to the tube facing into the hedge to allow the dormice to enter the tube without exposing themselves to predators.
In the coming months, the team will revisit the site, and check each box for signs of dormice, such as nests, or dormice themselves!
The training day also provided the opportunity to trial new surveying techniques, such as the use of QField, a mobile phone app for mapping.
We offer a full suite of survey techniques including eDNA water sampling and full aquatic survey. Our staff undertake licensed mitigation projects including trapping, translocation and monitoring.
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Our experienced and licensed dormice workers can conduct dormouse surveys including initial site assessment, presence/absence surveys, and design and implementation of mitigation/monitoring schemes.
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We undertake hedgerow surveys using standard survey methodology from the Hedgerow Survey Handbook including an assessment as to whether a hedgerow is deemed ‘Important’ under the Hedgerow Regulations.
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An NVC survey using standardised methodology is carried out when a more detailed analysis of a habitat is needed if high potential conservation importance has been identified.
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Reptile surveys are conducted between March and October. We then prepare reports to support planning applications, design and implement mitigation schemes. LCES have licensed rare reptile surveyors.
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Our experienced workers can conduct water vole surveys, prepare reports to support planning applications and design and implement mitigation schemes, including trapping and licensed displacement.
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We undertake surveys of rivers and other waterbodies for otter field signs, undertake camera trapping assessments of potential resting places and design and write mitigation strategies.
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We conduct a variety of surveys for badgers including field surveys, bait marking, territory mapping, preparation of reports and the design and implementation of licensed badger mitigation schemes.
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If evidence of bats is recorded or a structure is assessed as holding potential to support roosting bats following the phase 1 bat survey then phase 2 bat surveys will be required. These are usually a combination of dusk emergence/ dawn re- entry surveys.