Other Species Surveys
Many species present within the UK receive protection under a variety of legislative instruments.
Information on the specific protection of individual species can be found at detailed at http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-3408.
What we do
Where the Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey identifies the potential presence of species of conservation concern, or if specific surveys are required as a part of planning, our experienced ecologists are also able to undertake the following surveys using the appropriate methodology:
- Red squirrel
- Pine marten
- Natterjack toad
- Common toad
- Invertebrates including stag beetles, butterflies, dragonflies
- Other Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) / Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act Species
Licences and / or Mitigation
If species are protected under the Habitat Regulations 2010 (e.g. natterjack toad), works that are likely to impact upon them will require a licence from the relevant Statutory National Government Organisation. Where species are not protected under the Habitat Regulations 2010 but receive protection under other legislation (such as red squirrel and stag beetle) then mitigation strategies must be produced and approved by the relevant Statutory National Government Organisation or Local Planning Authority. The requirement for mitigation strategies for other species of conservation concern, such as BAP or NERC Act species, should be discussed and agreed with the local authority ecologist.
Middlemarch Environmental has extensive experience of providing cost-effective solutions for all aspects of assessment and mitigation and can also provide the following services:
- Advising on how to incorporate protected or notable species into a development.
- Design of appropriate mitigation, including habitat enhancement and creation.