Protected Species

We undertake and manage surveys for a range of animal groups, including:

  • mammals
  • birds
  • amphibians
  • reptiles
  • fish
  • invertebrates

Bat surveys include remote monitoring using static detection equipment, which is now an important component of surveys undertaken at proposed wind farm sites. Camera trapping can also be an integral part of mammal survey.

We can advise on the current legal status of protected species and on mitigation procedures and methods, including disturbance licence preparation.

Recent and current projects include:

  • Pre, during and post construction upland bird surveys at a range of Highland and Perthshire wind farm sites, including Drumderg, Achany, Fairburn, Griffin, Gordonbush and Calliachar
  • Survey and implementation of measures to allow badger movement, including installation of badger gates, on the Aberdeen Bay OHL upgrade
  • Bat surveys for proposed renovations at Douneside House Hotel, Aberdeenshire, with implemented mitigation including heated bat boxes and a false ceiling
  • Preconstruction mammal surveys at Kildermorie Hydro site (Ross-shire), including badger, otter, water vole, pine marten and red squirrel
  • Protected species survey, including bats and barn owls, for the proposed re-opening of the Laurencekirk railway station, Kincardineshire
  • Nesting bird survey checks during ground clearance at Ness Landfill site, Aberdeen
  • Water vole, otter and freshwater pearl mussel survey for proposed Poolewe to Gairloch water pipeline, Wester Ross
  • Otter survey and implementation of mitigation at proposed quarry extension, Beith, Ayrshire, including licence application to disturb identified lie-up sites
  • Great-crested newt survey of old claypits at proposed housing site, Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire