Protected Species Surveys

Protecting Threatened Species

JCA Ltd has expertise in undertaking protected species surveys and understands their ecological requirements.

Where protected species are likely to be affected by a development, appropriate protected species surveys will be required to assess short or long-term impacts. Determining the presence/absence of legally protected species, and implementing in appropriate mitigation if required will contribute to a successful planning application. JCA’s helpful and highly experience ecologists can carry out these surveys for your application.

Some protected species surveys are confined to certain times of the year. At JCA we work around the Protected Species Survey Calendar to ensure that an accurate survey for each protected species is taken. Ecological surveying is a specialist area of work at at JCA we have a dedicated team of experts on hand to complete surveys throughout the UK.

Protected Species and the Law

In the UK some species are afforded greater legal protection than others and development which will negatively impact on populations of these species can be restricted. Some species are protected under the conservation of habitats and species regulations 2017:

  • Bats (All Species)
  • Dormice
  • Otter
  • Great Crested Newt
  • Smooth Snake and Lizard

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European Protected Species

European Protected Species and their habitats are protected from disturbance. Some other species, which may be encountered during development works, are protected under UK law, specifically the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981).

  • Badgers
  • Birds
  • Certain Invertebrates
  • Common Reptiles (slow worm, grass snake, adder, common lizard)
  • White clawed-Crayfish
  • Water Vole
  • Barn Owls