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Seasonal ecology

Brown long-eared bat

Phase 1 bat survey

This survey requires an initial inspection of structures such as buildings or trees that will be impacted by the development. The structure will be assessed for its potential to support roosting bats.


Brown long-eared bat

Phase 2 bat survey

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.

Otter surveying

Otter survey and mitigation

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.

Protected species surveys - Water vole

Water Vole survey and mitgation

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.

Reptile survey and mitigation

Reptile surveys are conducted between March and October. We then prepare reports to support planning applications, design and implement mitigation schemes. LCECO have licensed rare reptile surveyors.

NVC survey

NVC quadrat

National Vegetation Classification (NVC)

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.

hedgerow assessments

Hedgerow Assessments

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.

dormouse surveys and mitigation

Dormouse survey and mitigation

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.

Great Crested Newt Survey image

Great crested newt survey and mitigation

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.