Protected Species Surveys

Tamar Ecology is experienced in a wide range of protected species surveys, and can provide advice on avoidance, mitigation and enhancements.  Our staff and associates hold licences for species including bats, barn owl, badger, great crested newt, dormice and fisheries.  Many ecological surveys are constrained by season, and early engagement of an ecologist can often help prevent delays later in the project.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss your site and requirements.

We undertake surveys for a wide range of protected species, including:

  • Bats
  • Dormice
  • Breeding birds and Schedule 1 birds including Barn Owl
  • Reptiles
  • Great Crested Newt
  • Invertebrates (freshwater and terrestrial)
  • Freshwater (white-clawed) crayfish
  • Badger
  • Otter
  • Water vole
  • Natterjack toad

Where development projects or site works affect European Protected Species, such as bats, dormice and otters, we are able to apply for Natural England licences on your behalf to enable the works to proceed.

Natural England has introduced the Low Impact Bat Class Licence scheme, whereby a small number of the UK’s foremost bat consultants are now able to issue development licenses for projects deemed to have a low impact on bats. Tamar Ecology is able to offer this service which significantly speeds up the licensing process.