Several species in the UK are afforded protection under UK Legislation. These species are a material consideration for any planning application and therefore require further survey effort.
Middlewood Ecology are experienced in surveying for a number of protected and notable species. This includes the following:
Badger - presence/absence surveys, territory mapping (or bait marking), and reverse bait marking studies;
Great crested newt (and other amphibians) - presence/absence surveys, population size class assessment, terrestrial surveys;
Bats - bat roost potential assessment, internal/external inspections, emergence/re-entry surveys, and activity surveys;
Otter - presence/absence surveys;
Water vole - presence/absence surveys, population assessments;
White-clawed crayfish - presence/absence surveys, population assessment;
Reptiles - presence/absence surveys, population assessments.
In addition, Middlewood Ecology has experience in undertaking presence/absence surveys for wildcat, red deer, red squirrel and pine martin.
Mike holds survey licences for a number of protected species, including badger (class), great crested newt (class 2), white-clawed crayfish (class) and bat (class 1).