Bird and Bat Survey Salisbury, Wiltshire

From our hubs in Exeter, Cardiff and London, our experienced bat surveyors and ornithologists can advise you on survey methodology, legal protection, mitigation options and the timing of development works for your project.

Acer Ecology recently carried out bat activity and breeding bird surveys at a large site that was proposed for development in Wiltshire. The site contained numerous mature broadleaved trees and several hedgerows. The mosaic of habitats meant that a good number of common bird species were recorded across the site. Identifying exactly which species were present meant that we were able to recommend appropriate measures to avoid adverse impacts to the birds, while enhancing other areas of the site and working alongside our client’s architect to guide the project smoothly through the planning process, while avoiding illegal impacts to nesting birds. A variety of bat species were also recorded on the site. We developed a mitigation strategy to ensure the long-term ecological integrity of that bat roost features and associated linear features.

We have the capacity to undertake a wide range of bird surveys, including Barn Owl, Vantage Point Survey for Wind Turbine Developments, Breeding Bird Surveys, Winter Bird Surveys, Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS), Common Bird Census (CBC) surveys, Moorland Surveys using the ‘Brown and Shepherd’ methodology and species specific surveys.

Nearly all birds, their nests and eggs are protected under UK law and some especially rare species are given enhanced protection from disturbance during the breeding season.

Almost all development sites have the potential to support nesting birds and this can impose seasonal constraints on site clearance. It is therefore vital to identify the potential presence of nesting birds early on in the planning process. Acer Ecology can help you achieve this and hence avoid timely and costly delays to your project.

Likewise, if part of your planning application requires a bat survey then we can help ensure that your development passes smoothly through this process. We are able to provide a competitive quote to potential clients on a case by case basis.

Bats and their roosts are fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. The objective of a bat survey is to: Establish the presence / likely absence of the bat roosts within trees and buildings; Identify the activity of bats across the site and key commuting and foraging routes; and Recommend ecological mitigation and enhancement where required. Our ecologists are experienced in bat survey, European Protected Species licensing, mitigation design and implementation and supervision of works.

Our fully licensed ecologists are experienced in bat survey, European Protected Species licensing, and mitigation design and implementation.

The objective of a bat survey is to:

  • Establish the presence/ likely absence of the bat roosts within trees and buildings;
  • Identify the activity of bats across the site and key commuting and foraging routes; and
  • Recommend ecological mitigation and enhancement where required.

We are an experienced and expanding ecological consultancy specialising in bird and bat surveys, and are therefore well placed to undertake bird and bat surveys across Wiltshire, including Salisbury, Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough, Warminster, Amesbury, Trowbridge, Melksham, Malmesbury and Tidworth, as well as the North Wessex Downs and Cranborne Chase. We can also serve the surrounding counties of Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

For more information about the bird and bat survey services that we offer, or any of our other ecological services, please call us on 02920 650 331, or email enquiries@acerecology.co.uk.

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