Where a site proposed for development supports habitat suitable for reptiles, it will often be necessary to undertake specific surveys for these species. These can be carried out from late April to mid June and throughout September and usually involve laying artificial refugia at suitable locations across the site in order to provide specific points where reptiles may congregate and thus be more detectable.
All reptile species are protected from deliberate killing or injury under Section 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).
Photo Credits: David Chamberlain
Bat and dormouse surveys are continuing at this time of year. Badger licences to disturb or interfere with a sett are issued from early July until late November.
Please refer to our survey timetable for further information on surveys that can be undertaken this season.
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