Lizard - Reptile Survey

Reptile Survey from Adonis Ecology - Including Slow-worm survey, Grass Snake survey, Common Lizard and Adder survey

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What a Reptile Survey from Adonis Ecology Can Do for You

If you need a professional reptile 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 reptile 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 can have more profit and achieve a development which you can be proud of for the way it protects and enhances habitat for rare wildlife such as reptiles.

We would intend to develop a long term relationship with you as we have with our other reptile 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 reptile 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.

Certain types of reptile surveys can only be carried out in a certain seasonal window each year, so if your business requires a reptile 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!

More detailed information on the different reptile assessment and survey types is given below.

Reptile Habitat Assessment

You would be strongly advised to carry this stage out first if you have been asked for a reptile survey (even if the Local Planning Authority are initially insisting on a presence/absence survey) as in some cases this type of survey, together with some impact avoidance precautions, can allow your development to proceed in compliance with planning and legal requirements without the need for more comprehensive surveys. Even if more comprehensive surveys are still required, the habitat assessment would set the scope for surveys. Also, because this habitat assessment can be carried out at any time of year, there is no need to delay having this survey and you could save time with your planning application.

Your Reptile Habitat Assessment would be in accordance with Natural England and Froglife 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 for potential to support reptiles using our unique habitat scoring system, which gives a likelihood figure for reptiles occurring based on habitat features. The purpose of the data search would be to check for local records of reptiles in the area, as local records could affect the assessed likelihood of reptiles occurring.

The outcome of the site survey visit and data search would be an indication of what type and level of planning and legal risks reptiles 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 comprehensive surveys and mitigation to satisfy planning and legal requirements. More comprehensive surveys would normally consist of Reptile Presence/Absence Survey 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 comprehensive 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 Reptile Habitat Assessment, contact us today to discuss your site and requirements in more detail.

Reptile Presence/Absence Survey

This survey would be carried out for you on parts of the site considered from the habitat assessment to present a significant risk of supporting reptiles that could affect your proposed activity.

The survey would be carried out in accordance with Natural England and Froglife guidelines, and involve laying out of artificial reptile refuges followed by seven survey visit sessions by an experienced reptile surveyor. In addition to determining whether reptiles were present and which species were present, the survey would aim to find out the approximate population size class, as the numbers present would affect the amount and type of mitigation likely to be required.

The typical outcomes of such a survey would be as follows:

Please note that reptile presence/absence surveys are ideally carried out in spring or early autumn - and the survey visits have to be carried out in suitable weather for reptile activity.

If you think you may require this sort of reptile survey, contact us today to discuss your site and requirements in more detail and to ensure you do not miss the seasonal survey window - or you may have to wait another year!


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