Winter Ecological Surveys

Following on from our post on information about bat surveys for clients, read on to clarify the optimal timings for ecological surveys – and which of these can be carried out in the upcoming winter months.

Winter Ecology Surveys

With the main bat survey season now over, there are still plenty of ecological services Acer can provide in the winter season. Badger surveys are possible all-year-round, but November and December are among the optimal months for carrying them out. Otter surveys can be carried out from January through to December. Dormouse surveys can consist of two methods: nut searches, and nest tube searches. Nut searches are optimally conducted in November and December. Phase 1 habitat surveys can be conducted all year round due to Acer staff’s level of experience and expertise, although the absolute optimal season for this is April through to September. Invasive and lower plant surveys are possible all year round, lower plant surveys are optimally conducted in winter. Wintering bird surveys are best conducted between November and  March. Bat scoping surveys can be conducted all year round, while hibernation surveys are optimally carried out between December and February. More detailed information available here. In addition, BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) and the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) Ecology Assessment can be carried out throughout the year.

For extensive information on the timing of all the ecological surveys we offer, click here.

If you would like any more information or advice on ecological services, call 029 2065 0331, or email