This is a preliminary and baseline survey, which includes a Phase 1 Habitat survey and also assesses the site in terms of its potential to support protected species of plants and animals and those of nature conservation concern. Where a site contains a building this will involve an external and internal assessment of the building by a licensed bat ecologist for signs of roosting bats and/or nesting barn owls. This survey assessment is a necessary first-step in the planning process and is frequently undertaken for clients as it can save considerable time and costs.
This is a good time to carry out nut searches for signs of dormice. Late September is also the end of the reptile season and bat survey seasons. We start compiling the majority of European Protected Species licence (EPSL) applications from this time onwards.
Please refer to our survey timetable for further information on surveys that can be undertaken this season.
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