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  • Our Services

    We have a number of services that we provide throughout England.

    • Phase one surveys
    • Pond reclamation
    • Translocation of protected species
    • Rehoming of exotic snakes
    • Bird and nesting surveys undertaken
    • Bat surveys
    • Wildlife surveys
    • Pond and waterway surveys
    • Habitat restoration and assessment

    Click on the links in the left menu to read about our Environmental services in more detail

  • Phase One Surveys

    These surveys are carried out to assess the habitat and generally encompass hedgerows, woodland, open ground and any water courses or standing water. A HSI (Habitat suitability index) is used to assess the habitats for possible population of protected species. A general speciation of flora and fauna is undertaken of the area and the implications are then quantified for the presence/ absence of protected species that may dwell in the area.

    Within the survey the presence of invasive species will also be included so as the client has no nasty shocks when arriving on site i.e. Japanese knot-weed If the habitat is deemed to be of used by protected species then a second survey is generally carried out so as to mitigate for any protected species possibly present.

  • Pond Reclamation

    Ponds have been lost at an amazing rate and so if possible these can be reclaimed so as to become a functioning habitat by a gentle tweaking such as clearing a portion of the pond area, or in the case of fully successed ponds these can be made into rich habitats thus lengthening the useful life of the water body. Some ponds however need to be left so continue as some red data species use this stage to populate and so in the best interests it may be possible to only do a part restoration bearing in mind the possibility of Great crested newts and the habitats directive.

    Undertaking a full pond survey would rule this out and the possibility of legislative powers being brought to bear. Habitat restoration can come in the form of making a habitat for a species that was on the site and now mitigated for in say making Hibernacula (Hibernation and aestivation areas) so as to accommodate species on site or areas. These can form part of the mitigation. These can be made of Logs mounded up and covered with soil or bricks and rubble, but at all costs these should be made so as negate the ingression of water. Species that would benefit from such areas would be all the snake species along with other reptiles and all amphibian species.

  • Reptile Translocation

    In the clearance of a site it may be necessary to capture and contain certain species in an area designated and this can be done by the erection of reptile proof fencing, the species present are then captured by the usage of roofing felt mats which are checked daily and dependent on the population of the species present are then captured and then released outside of the exclusion area so the eliminate the possibility of being killed, the area in question is the searched for any stragglers whilst under taking the destruction of the excluded habitat and when cleared the works can then begin. The exclusion fence is then checked on a weekly basis and any holes are mended straight away so as to negate any ingression.

  • Rehoming of exotic snakes

    I have for many years co-operated with many countries to recapture any invasive species such as terrapins and snakes and to this end I have personally captured over 300 individuals from ponds and lakes in England and advised the Australian, Belgium and New Zealand Government departments in this matter. Using two types of floating traps one of which is baited and the other a basking trap I have accounted for three different species, the largest being a female Red-eared slider Trachemys elagans scripta weighing 6.5 pounds or 2.95 KG.

  • Bird & Nesting Surveys

    The likelihood of birds nesting is greatly enhanced in the spring / summer and can be of some concern to clients. In these surveys singing males are often heard before any nesting activity occurs and when a nest is found then a 5 metre no entry zone around the site is made and then checked until the resident birds have raised their young and left the area.

    Bird surveys are carried out early in the morning as it is at this time when bird species are most active. Holes in trees are also observed as these can be used by protected species such as bats, owls and other hole nesting species.

  • Bat Surveys

    Bats are highly protected species and the legistlation deems that any roosts found in buildings is also protected under law, and so any buildings that are on the land area must be checked to see if a bat population is present, these are done by use of a bat detector which amplifies the sonar sounds and makes it into audible sound so as to detect their presence.

    Other parts of the surveys include surveying loft spaces to see if any bat faeces is present thus indicating the presence of a species. There are 4 surveys in all three of which are done in the evening and one undertaken at sunrise which starts an hour before sunset and finishing an hour after and vice versa for the dawn watch. Any presence is then noted and presented as a report with full timings of contact, however the flight direction is also noted and this can conclude as to where the bat roost is.

  • Pond & Habitat Restoration

    Ponds have been lost at an amazing rate and so if possible these can be reclaimed so as to become a functioning habitat by a gentle tweaking such as clearing a portion of the pond area, or in the case of fully successed ponds these can be made into rich habitats thus lengthening the useful life of the water body.

    Some ponds however need to be left so continue as some red data species use this stage to populate and so in the best interests it may be possible to only do a part restoration bearing in mind the possibility of Great crested newts and the habitats directive. Undertaking a full pond survey would rule this out and the possibility of legislative powers being brought to bear. Habitat restoration can come in the form of making a habitat for a species that was on the site and now mitigated for in say making Hibernacula (Hibernation and aestivation areas) so as to accommodate species on site or areas. These can form part of the mitigation.

    These can be made of Logs mounded up and covered with soil or bricks and rubble, but at all costs these should be made so as negate the ingression of water. Species that would benefit from such areas would be all the snake species along with other reptiles and all amphibian species.

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