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Bird surveys

 

  • =  Scoping survey
  • =  Breeding bird surveys:  using territory mapping and transect techniques
  • =  Wintering bird surveys: high tide roost, low tide transect and total area count methods
  • =  Wetland birds (WeBS) surveys
  • =  Vantage Point surveys
  • =  Nesting bird checks
  • =  Schedule 1 surveys: barn owl, bittern, honey buzzard, peregrine, stone curlew…
  • =  Species specifics surveys and count: including raptors, geese and swan and invasive species
  • =  Specialist habitat surveys: woodland, grassland, farmland, upland, marine, coastal…
  • =  Specialist methodologies: nocturnal radar, image intensifier and thermal imaging…
  • =  Population monitoring surveys: ringing…
  • =  Collision risk analysis for onshore windfarm proposals

 

Impact assessment

 

  • =  Identification of potential direct and indirect impacts, both at the site level and in a wider perspective: risks of disturbing, injuring or killing birds, roost and habitat modification or loss, habitat fragmentation or isolation, post development interference impacts and poor data situations or ‘last minute discoveries’
  • =  Quantification of potential impacts in terms of extent, magnitude, duration, timing, frequency, reversibility and cumulative effects
  • =  Strategic advice on project feasibility

 

Licences

 

Preparation of licence applications to permit otherwise unlawful acts in relation to birds.

 

 

Mitigation 

 

  • =  Siting the development away from breeding birds and avoiding sensitive areas within a project site
  • =  Timing of works to avoid disturbance to nesting birds.
  • =  Precautionary working method statements, tool box talks, and ecological clerk of works services
  • =  Mitigation management plans
  • =  Ensuring important habitats are protected and maintained
  • =  Bird box specifications
  • =  Habitat design plans including planting and landscaping schemes