James Wathen – Augean Site Manager said the following of UES: ‘Ecology made easy for a change; UES did not let us down once’
Breeding Bird Surveys
UES were commissioned by Augean PLC to conduct breeding bird surveys prior to site clearance. The 20 hectare site at Kings Cliffe was an extensive area of disturbed clay with a mosaic of ponds comprising dense marginal and aquatic vegetation, ideal for breeding birds, despite vast swathes of newt fencing in most directions.
The methods used for this survey were a combination of walked transects and focal observation points.
During survey visits, every effort was made to establish the status of early breeders such as lapwing which regularly nested on site. To assist the client and prevent stand down costs, regular e-mail updates were sent as to which areas of land could be safely soil stripped without any damage or disturbance to breeding birds.
The following bird species were recorded nesting on site:
Lapwing, Skylark, Coot, Reed Bunting, Stonechat and Wheatear.
Other species recorded on site but were not nesting included Red Kite, Little Ringed Plover, Yellowhammer, Dunnock, Linnet, Pheasant and Whitethroat.