jh ecology undertakes protected species surveys throughout the UK and works extensively across core areas of the South-west (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire); the South-east (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, London, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex); and the Midlands (Birmingham, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Many species are legally protected in the UK. The presence of protected species is a material consideration when planning authorities are determining planning applications and planning authorities will usually require some form of ecological report to be submitted with applications for development. jh ecology can provide the guidance and expertise to identify situations where the presence of a protected species is likely, and ensure that the necessary protected species surveys are carried out to comply with wildlife legislation and planning policy. Establishing the presence of a protected species at a site and thereby identifying the potential constraints early in project design is essential to avoid costly delays.
The first step is to determine whether protected species are present. jh ecology works with an excellent network of Associates to provide the necessary specialist field skills to cover the full range of native animal species. We undertake surveys for the following species: Badger, Bats, Birds, Great crested newt, Hazel dormouse, Invertebrates, Otter, Reptiles, Water vole, White-clawed crayfish.
Many protected species can only be surveyed at certain times of year; please refer to our Ecological Survey Calendar for guidance.
When protected species are found, jh ecology can provide advice on the next step. jh ecology is experienced in advising clients on legal compliance and we prepare protected species licence applications (e.g. for bats, dormice, great crested newts), as well as design and implement a variety of mitigation and translocation strategies and post-development monitoring.
Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01823 618 451 for further advice or help.