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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.