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Water Vole

water vole

Water vole surveys

 

  • Desk studies
  • Habitat suitability assessments
  • Activity surveys including the use of automated techniques
  • Monitoring surveys

 

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 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.

 

Licences

 

Preparation of license applications to permit otherwise unlawful acts in relation to water voles.

 

Water voles: licence to displace them for development projects

 

Water voles: licence to displace them for work on flood defences, water courses or drainage systems

 

Mitigation

 

  • 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

 

Training

 

 

Case studies