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When should a survey be carried out?

As a guide breeding bird surveys should be carried out when:
• Scrub clearance is planned
• Removal of trees and hedgerows
• Erection of wind turbines is planned

Breeding Bird Surveys

All breeding birds are protected under schedule 9 of the wildlife and countryside act 1981(as amended). Wild birds are protected from being killed, injured or captured. Their nests are protected from being damaged, destroyed or taken. Several species are included in schedule 1 of the act which gives them and their young protection while nesting.

The presence of protected species is a material consideration when a planning authority is considering a development proposal. The presence of protected species and the affect of the proposed development must be established before planning permission can be granted.

Breeding Bird Survey Methods

Desk Study

A desk study and record search with local wildlife trusts and ecological record centres will be carried out, to find any historic records of protected species in the area, such as Barn Owls or Kingfishers.

Field Surveys

Field surveys for breeding birds can take many forms depending on the site. The breeding bird season is generally recognised as March to August inclusive. Below are some of the services we provide with regard to breeding birds
• Transect, point count and territory mapping (CBC) surveys to determine the breeding bird population and provide an estimate of numbers
• Specialist surveys for groups such as raptors, wildfowl and waders
• Nocturnal bird species
• Nesting bird checks prior to site clearance or demolition work
• Habitat design and creation and production of management plans
• Provision and erection of bird boxes and advice on positioning
• Provision, erection and maintenance of barn owl boxes and monitoring

Contact us for specific advice on your project

Case Studies

EcIA at Lingley Mere, Warrington

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October 2016
Site: Lingley Mere Business Park, Warrington Client: Muse Developments ##Project overview UES was commissioned to produce a suite of ecological reports in or... more...

Protected species surveys in Lydney

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August 2016
Site: Lydney, Gloucestershire Client: MMC Land and Regeneration ##Project overview UES were instructed to carry out ecological surveys on a former golf cours... more...

Surveys in Hebburn, Northumberland

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March 2016
Site: Former shipyard in Hebburn, Northumberland Client: MMC2 Protected species / habitats: bats, birds, invertebrates, reptiles and saltmarsh ##Project over... more...

Bat scoping survey in Bidston, Wirral

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February 2016
Site: Bidston, Wirral Protected species: Bats ##Project overview UES were appointed by a local developer to undertake bat surveys of a house in the Bidston a... more...

Bat survey of Llandudno Police Station

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September 2015
Site: Llandudno Police Station, Conwy Client: North Wales Police Protected species: Bats and breeding birds ##Project overview UES were appointed by North W... more...

Bat & bird surveys of 85 houses in Wrexham

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September 2015
Site: 85 properties in Wrexham Client: Wrexham County Borough Council Protected species: Bats and breeding birds ##Project overview Wrexham Council commissi... more...

Bird surveys in Sandbach, Cheshire

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September 2013
Site: Albion Chemical Works, Sandbach, Cheshire Client: WSP Environmental Protected species: Schedule 1 breeding birds ##Project overview UES were appointed... more...

Conservation management plan

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October 2012
UES were recently commissioned to create a long-term conservation management plan for a quarry in Cheshire. The quarry is to be restored using inert excavation ... more...

Bat survey near Chester

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April 2012
A bat scoping survey and bird scoping survey of a farm building in Golborne, Cheshire was carried out by UES. Golborne is a small village south of Chester. T... more...

Bat survey in Wilmslow, Cheshire

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March 2012
UES have completed a bat survey and habitat survey of a property in Wilmslow, Cheshire. Bat surveys of the buildings on site consisting of initial building ins... more...

Bat scoping survey in Lancashire

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November 2011
UES recently completed a bat scoping survey of a house and associated outbuildings in Lancashire. Our client has plans to demolish a number of buildings onsite ... more...

Phase 1 Habitat Survey in Winchester

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November 2011
UES recently completed an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of an old mill in Winchester. An Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey involves mapping the habitats on the ... more...

Bat and ecological survey in Swindon

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October 2011
UES recently completed a bat and ecological scoping survey of a farm in Swindon. Our client has plans to demolish a number of buildings on site and convert othe... more...

Breeding bird survey in Knutsford, Cheshire

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August 2011
UES have completed a breeding bird survey of a site in Knutsford, Cheshire in order to meet planning conditions. A breeding bird survey involves recording bird ... more...

Extended phase 1 habitat survey in Deeside

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August 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Deeside, North Wales in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their development... more...

Bat survey of nursing home in Staffordshire

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July 2011
UES recently completed a bat survey of a nursing home in Kings Bromley, Staffordshire. The bat survey consisted of a full internal building inspection and a ful... more...

Extended phase 1 survey in Oxfordshire

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June 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Oxfordshire in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their development would ha... more...

Extended phase 1 survey in Lancashire

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January 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Lancashire for Seddon Homes in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their deve... more...

Great crested newt trapping scheme

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November 2010
Project summary In 2008/09, UES were instructed to conduct a Great Crested Newt (GCN) mitigation scheme for Augean PLC at Slipe Clay pits in King’s Cliffe, n... more...

Habitat creation for MMU Crewe

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November 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to design mitigation measures for birds and bats into the new sports science centre at Manchester Metropolitan U... more...

Breeam Habitat Survey, North Wales

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November 2010
UES were commissioned to conduct a Phase 1 Habitat Survey of a site in Mochdre, North Wales. The developer has plans to construct a small house on the site. The... more...

Breeam Habitat Survey in Birmingham

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November 2010
UES were commissioned to provide an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of o high rise office complex near Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Survey is to provide informa... more...

Ecological surveys and advice in Congleton

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October 2010
In August 2010, United Utilities and their associated agents The Vinden Partnership applied for planning permission for slope stabilisation works adjacent the ... more...

Ecological Surveys near Nantwich in Cheshire

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October 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out an Extended Phase 1 Habitat survey, bat surveys, barn owl surveys and to provide advice on any grea... more...

Aerial tree inspections

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October 2010
Bats often use cracks and holes in trees to roost. many bat surveyors will only inspect trees from ground level using binoculars. In some cases this is adequate... more...

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey Flintshire

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May 2010
United Environmental Services have completed an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of a site near the town of Flint in North Wales. The site has been a dis-used br... more...

Extended Phase 1 habitat Survey Crewe

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May 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out an Extended Phase 1 habitat survey of a farm building and its surrounding habitat Close to Hartingt... more...

Tarbock Hall Golf Course

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January 2010
Tarbock Hall is a 86 hectare parcel of land west of Liverpool. The land was used for agriculture until 2000 when it was sold to a team of developers who wanted ... more...