Water vole surveys
- Desk studies
- Habitat suitability assessments
- Activity surveys including the use of automated techniques
- Monitoring surveys
- Identification of potential direct and indirect impacts, both at the site level and in a wider perspective: risks of disturbing, injuring or killing Water Voles, habitat modification, loss, 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.
Preparation of license applications to permit otherwise unlawful acts in relation to water voles.
- Precautionary working method statements including methods of exclusion (e.g. fencing and habitat destruction)
- Wetland specifications and landscape designs
- Receptor site selection
- Tool box talks
- Ecological clerk of works
- Licenced capture and translocation of water voles
- Management plans including aquatic features (ditches, rhines, ponds, lakes, reedbeds and wetlands) underpasses and beneficial planting and landscaping schemes