So what type of survey might you require and why?
If you have bats on site then bat activity surveys have to be carried out when they are active – typically during the period May to September (depending on weather and temperatures), ideally May / June / July for breeding bats. They are carried out at dusk and sometimes dawn. Usually 2-3 surveys are required and these need to be spaced at least 2 weeks apart.
Protected species surveys are restricted to specific seasons and can be weather dependent.
Have you thought ahead and booked surveys to reduce the likelihood of missing a vital survey window? Most surveys need to be carried out in the summer months – our busiest time!
Step 1 – Organise a preliminary ecological appraisal during the early design stages – some of our clients get us in before they even buy the site!
Step 2- Find out what further surveys are needed and when they need to be done.*
Step 3 – Get a quote for further surveys and book them in as early as possible as our diaries fill up, especially in June and July.
*Sometimes you have to wait until summer to get surveys done. If you miss the summer you may have to wait until the next year! So it is important to plan ahead!
Here at Acorn Ecology, we are highly experienced professionals and have helped a wide variety of clients negotiate successfully through the planning process.