Bird Surveys across Surrey, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire

Bird Surveys - Current Status and why they are protected

All wild birds in the UK are protected under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) which makes it an offence to intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird or to take, damage or destroy the nest or its eggs.

Darwin Ecology Bird Surveys:

  • Breeding bird surveys
  • Wintering bird surveys
  • Vantage point surveys
  • Barn owl surveys
  • Raptor surveys
  • Erection of bird boxes
  • Habitat design and creation

Bird Surveys

Birds and habitat suitable for breeding or wintering birds are found on most sites. Initial walkover surveys will identify the sites suitability to support birds and favoured habitat, secondary surveys may be required to establish the sites level of importance to bird species if birds of significant interest are found on the site.

Surveys are undertaken between March-September to coincide with the time birds are building nests and breeding. Where considering the presence of an individual bird species of high conservational concern, specific survey approaches may be required.

Due to the seasonality and lengthiness of bird surveys we recommend that an ecologist is consulted at an early stage in the planning or development process. Darwin Ecology can advise on the level of surveying and mitigation required to enable the development to take place smoothly. Use our calendar above to help plan your works schedule.

Mitigation & Licensing

Site clearance works should be scheduled to avoid the breeding bird season (March-September
inclusive). If this is not possible, then the site may need to be thoroughly searched for the presence
of nesting birds and their young before any site clearance can go ahead.

Where habitat is lost, alternative bird habitats can be created to encourage birds onto the site in
the future. This can include suitable native planting areas and provision of nesting boxes.

A License may be required to survey birds listed under schedule 1, such as the barn owl. In England, survey licenses are issued by Natural England

For more information on bird surveys in Surrey, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire contact us now.

Southern Office - Farnham, Surrey

Helen Cavilla
01252 413 221
07701 370 762

Laura Ashford
01252 413 221
07525 134 803

South West Office - Shaftesbury

Michael Cummings
01252 413 221
07748 843 842
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