It’s that time of year again when we start planning for the forthcoming survey season.
However, don’t think we have been twiddling out thumbs since November! There have been Phase 1 surveys to carry out and arboricultural impact assessments to write – but now we’re coming up the busy season.
By planning ahead and taking account of various seasonal constraints posed by many protected species we can help project managers avoid potential delays in submitting planning applications or enabling construction works. For example the breeding season for great crested newts typically starts in mid-March and continues until mid-June (subject to weather), which dictates the optimal window for surveying.
Click on the image to view a calendar that identifies the seasonal constraints associated with ecological and protected species surveys.
In anticipation of the survey season we’ve been tidying up the equipment shed, ensuring we have all the kit needed for the months ahead:
- The great crested newt bottle traps have been made making sure all the associated canes all have hazard tape on so we don’t lose any.
- The bat detector batteries are all on charge and the pencils have been sharpened.
- There have been trips to the DIY store and roofing felt cut to size for reptile surveys.
- The life-jackets have been sent for a service ready for water based surveys and our wellies have all been cleaned.
We look forward to working with you during this survey season and throughout the year. If you have any questions about surveys and when they can be undertaken please do let us know.