Protected Species Overview

Protected Species Surveys and Reports

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What a Protected Species Survey from Adonis Ecology Can Do for You

If you need a professional Protected Species Survey and report for a planning application or for legal compliance, if you need to keep costs down, and if you need to keep things running on time - you can have that and more with Adonis Ecology.

Our aim is to help create a situation where business and wildlife conservation is on the same side - where you can make more money and help conserve wildlife at the same time. To achieve this, we not only look for ways to save you money while ensuring your development complies with relevant wildlife legislation and planning policy, we also look for ways to actually add value so that you not only have more profit, but achieve a development which you can be proud of for the way it protects and enhances habitat for rare wildlife.

We would intend to develop a long term relationship with you as we have with our other Protected Species Survey clients, most of whom are professional developers and their advisors, such as architects, planning consultants, and chartered surveyors, so you will find that:

Your Protected Species Survey and report from Adonis Ecology would achieve your goals in a highly cost-effective manner, because:

You can be confident that we deliver what we promise, as our quality system is ISO 9001:2008 quality assured. In addition, here is an example from a client of Adonis Ecology of how our protected species surveys and assessments can deliver for you:

“We found Adonis Ecology to be professional, informed and thorough having used their services for a protected species survey at a large site in Essex. The survey was carried out quickly, with minimum fuss and disruption and the results were presented in a clear and concise in depth report. We would have no hesitation in recommending them and we look forward to working with Adonis Ecology again on future projects” Matthew Denyer, MASIA Ltd., Buckinghamshire.

Certain types of Protected Species Surveys can only be carried out in a narrow seasonal window each year, so if your business requires a Protected Species Survey, contact us today to discuss your site and requirements in more detail so you don't miss the seasonal window - or you could have to wait for another year!

Protected Species Habitat Assessment

This is the first stage in determining whether protected species are actually reasonably likely to occur on your site or not and whether your proposed activity would be reasonably likely to impact upon the species.

Your Protected Species Habitat Assessment would be in accordance with Natural England guidance and involve a site survey visit and a data search. The site survey visit would be by an experienced ecologist who would assess the site and surroundings for potential to support protected species. The data search would be to check for local records of protected species in the area as that could affect the likelihood of them occurring on site.

The outcome of the site survey visit and data search would be an indication of what type and level of planning and legal risks protected species were presenting and on which parts of your site. Our report would give you recommendations on how your development could avoid this risk as far as possible, and where this was not reasonably possible, what would likely be required in terms of more in-depth surveys and mitigation to satisfy planning and legal requirements. More in-depth surveys would normally consist of specific Protected Species Presence/Absence Surveys as described below.

For planning applications, please note that government guidance states that Local Planning Authorities should have ALL the survey and mitigation information BEFORE they decide a planning application - so if needed, these more in-depth surveys are almost always required before the planning application is decided, and are rarely made a condition of planning consent.

If you think you require a Protected Species Habitat Assessment, contact us today to discuss your site and requirements in more detail.

Specific Protected Species Presence/Absence Surveys

Occasionally the presence or absence of protected species can be confirmed during the initial site visit for Protected Species Habitat Assessment. However, for most protected species, more detailed surveys involving two or more visits at a suitable time of year are required to conform to Natural England guidelines in determining presence or absence beyond reasonable doubt. The types of survey, times of year and number of visits required for the commonly encountered protected species are described on our species-specific protected species pages under "Ecological Services" heading on the website, which are also listed as below:

If Protected Species Are Present

If protected species are confirmed to be present on your site, then we can undertake the following steps to enable your proposed activity to proceed:

  1. We would discuss your development or other proposed activity with you to see if there is a practical way that any likely impact on protected species could be avoided, which would save you time and money compared with having to go through the mitigation process if likely impact on protected species could not be avoided. If you were to agree to an effective method to avoid likely impact on protected species, then that method would be included in your Protected Species Survey Report for you to submit to the Local Planning Authority or other relevant body to demonstrate how you could ensure your activities would not be likely to impact on Protected Species.
  2. If likely impact on protected species could not be avoided, then after the required surveys the report would typically include a Method Statement for approval by the Local Planning Authority or Natural England as appropriate. If the species is a European Protected Species, then a European Protected Species site license could be applied for after any planning consent needed was granted. This license is required because if an activity would infringe European Protected Species legislation (bats and Great Crested Newts are examples of European Protected Species), then it would need a license to proceed legally even if the activity has planning consent.
  3. Once the Method Statement was approved, then we can help you undertake the necessary Protected Species Mitigation to ensure you can undertake your proposed activity in compliance with legal and planning requirements.

Please note that protected species presence/absence surveys and mitigation have to be carried out during certain seasons of the year, so if your business requires a Protected Species Survey, contact us today to discuss your site and requirements in more detail so you don't miss the seasonal window - or you could have to wait for another year!


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