Why are surveys important?
Ecological and site surveys are undertaken for a number of reasons and are used to provide the baseline information to identify the future management requirements.
They can be used to:
- Determine the presence of legally protected species
- Support planning applications
- Monitor habitat types
- Identify and control invasive species
- Provide an environmental audit
- Monitor individual species
At BlueSky Environmental Solutions we offer a comprehensive range of site investigations.
Our services include:
- Bat surveys
- Badger surveys
- Great crested newt surveys
- Otter surveys
- Water vole surveys
- Hedgerow surveys
It is essential that protected species are considered at the very earliest stages of the development process. Planning guidance across the UK makes it very clear nature conservation should be a material consideration in determining any planning application. Therefore, it is advisable to undertake surveys before planning permission is sought, so that the development incorporates measures designed to avoid any impacts on protected species.
These can be species specific to determine the effectiveness of a particular management technique. A few examples are listed below; please contact us if you require information on other specialist surveys:
- The management and control of non-native species, such as Canada geese.
- The management of wildlife species in conjunction with available habitat, such as the management of deer.
- The impact and control of non-native invasive plants, such as Japanese knotweed.
- Breeding bird surveys
- Population density of fish stocks in pools, lakes and ponds.
- The effectiveness of exclusion fencing, for example the regeneration of woodland species.
Our support services
Where important habitats or species have been identified, BlueSky Environmental Solutions are able to provide additional services such as, newt fencing, habitat creation and other wildlife mitigation measures and enhancement works in order to support your scheme. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.