Protected Species

The UK supports a diverse array of legally protected species, which can occur in a variety of both rural and urban situations. As a material consideration in the planning process, early advice and preparation is of the utmost importance. 

Protected Species Surveys and Advice

Expert Advice

Surveys & Reports


Method Statements

Mitigation Strategies

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Our Protected Species Services

The need for protected species surveys is typically highlighted by a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA).  We have a highly experienced in-house team with a full range of licenses to survey and mitigate for protected species including bats, great crested newts, hazel dormice, water voles, reptiles, white-clawed crayfish and more besides. 

The results of these surveys are used to assess the likely impact of a project and form a reliable basis for decision-making, including feasibility, design and mitigation requirements.  There are strict and species-specific survey guidelines on the method and timing of surveys for legally protected species.  To avoid missing a critical ‘survey window’ it is essential to seek advice early.

Why Choose Focus Environmental Consultants for your survey?

Our consultants have extensive experience working with legally protected species.  Our portfolio includes a vast caseload of assignments in a variety of contexts including planning, development and conservation. We have helped our clients to deliver everything from bespoke barn conversions and house extensions to major housing projects, urban regeneration, mineral extraction and infrastructure schemes.

We have a unique capacity to see projects from conception to completion with our vast knowledge-base and sought-after mitigation (development) licence expertise. Focus Environmental Consultants can operate a number of timesaving ‘fast-track’ licenses, for the benefit of our clients.

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Our Expert Ecologists Can Help

Focus Environmental Consultants can provide advice, surveys, reports and licenses (for development or conservation) as required for the following:

  •  Bats (including DNA analysis)
  •  Great crested newts (including eDNA)
  •  Badgers
  •  Reptiles
  •  Dormice
  •  White-clawed crayfish
  •  Barn owls
  •  Otters
  •  Water voles
  •  Black redstarts
  •  Breeding birds
  •  Over-wintering birds
  •  Fish
  •  Aquatic invertebrates
  •  Terrestrial invertebrates
  •  Other notable fauna (please ask)

Free Ecological Survey Calendar

Download our free Ecological Survey Calendar to help keep your development on track. Please seek advice from one of our qualified ecologists before scheduling any work.

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