Bat surveys start with a check of your property to look for signs but also suitable habitat. If this exists we may need to conduct activity surveys at dawn and dusk and plan mitigation work. We also carry out bat transect surveys to assess how a proposed piece of land for development may be used for bats for foraging.
The first request for ecological information following a planning application is often a basic site and species assessment. This can also be known as an extended phase 1 habitat survey. This step is vital for guiding you through the planning process and beyond; or it may be the only ecological input you require for your planning application to go ahead.
Our ecology specialists can survey and monitor specific groups of plants and animals, using nationally recognised methodologies which are approved by the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Our staff are fully licensed to carry out surveys for Bats, Dormice, Great Crested Newts, Badgers and Reptiles. Through our staff and our network of sub-contractors we can carry out specialist surveys on groups of plants, invertebrates, aquatic species and birds.
To ensure that construction is timetabled around wildlife planning conditions and wildlife law constraints we produce a range of mitigation plans according to Local Planning Authority requirements. In Dorset we have produced many Biodiversity Mitigation Plans in other LPA areas we have produced site-specific mitigation plans and wildlife components for Construction Environmental Management Plans.
European Protected Species Mitigation Licensing
Abbas Ecology specialises in Bat Mitigation License applications. We have helped implemented these plans with the client from the initial application; to acceptance from Natural England; to checks during construction and post-development monitoring. We have produced and had accepted licenses for European Protected Reptile Mitigation and are qualified and have been involved in mitigation licenses for Great Crested Newts and Dormice.
Reptile and Great Crested Newt Species Translocations
We have set up translocation schemes with new housing areas and water company pipeline schemes. Our staff is skilled in the capture and movement of common reptiles, European Protected reptiles and Great Crested newts. We follow national guidelines produced by Natural England and herpetological charities such as Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust.
Abbas Ecology can offer a full range of vegetation or habitat surveys tailored to suit the clients' needs, from a simple habitat map based on Phase I habitat survey techniques, to a fully detailed species-by-species vegetation survey. Having collected and collated the biological data, we interpret and present it in an objective, easily understood manner.
If your application does go to Public Enquiry, Abbas Ecology has experience providing expert ecological witness to back up survey work that we have supplied or to review ecological documents produced by statutory bodies, charities or other consultancies in order to produce a proof of evidence.