Species

The UK supports a wide variety of wildlife. Many habitats and species are protected by both UK and European legislation. Our experienced field field survey teams aim to keep your project on track and provide positive results for both wildlife and developer.

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Badger

Badgers can be found throughout the UK with the largest numbers in the south of England. Badgers live in networks of underground tunnels called setts which they dig using their long claws. They live in social groups of around 5 adults which are usual...
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Barn Owl

Barn owls are present across Britain except for the Highlands and islands of Scotland. Barn owls do sometimes roost in barns and buildings but despite the name, they will also use many natural features such as holes in trees and rock crevices to roos...
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Bats

Unlike birds bats do not make nests, and roost in different places at various times of the year. Some bats roost in hollow trees, some roost in caves and some bats will roost in both at different times of the year. Many of our more common bat species...
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Dormouse

The dormouse is found mainly in the south of England. They have golden brown fur on their backs and a pale cream coloured underside with large protruding black eyes. The dormouse can be easily distinguished from other UK rodents because of its comple...
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Great Crested Newt

Great crested newts are distributed all across the UK but are uncommon. Great crested newts (GCN) can be found breeding in ponds during the spring and summer time and also in a variety of terrestrial habitats throughout the rest of the year. ##What ...
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Hedgerows

The UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) defines a hedgerow as ‘any boundary or line of trees or shrubs over 20m long and less than 5m wide, and where any gaps between the trees or shrubs species are less than 20m wide. Any bank, wall, ditch or tree...
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Invasive Species

In the UK there are several invasive species which have implications for developers. They are often species which were brought in from other countries with good intentions, but which have been more successful than the natives. A few examples are list...
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Natterjack toad

Natterjack toads are found mainly in the Northwest of England with other colonies in East Anglia, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and Staffordshire. They prefer places with light sandy soils and warm shallow ponds, often close to the coast. Sand dunes, sal...
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Otter

Otters were once widespread across the UK, but hunting, for fur, sport and the protection of fish stocks, as well as pollution of the rivers by insecticides contributed to a sharp decline in numbers. In recent years a combination of measures has le...
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Reptiles

In the U.K we have 6 native reptile species, 3 are snakes and 3 are lizards. Reptiles are cold blooded and have dry scaly skin. The six native species here in the U.K are: • Adder • Grass Snake • Smooth Snake • Slow Worm • Common Lizard ...
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Water Vole

The water vole is the largest of the British voles. Water voles have a short hair-covered tail, a blunt rounded nose, and a small chubby face with small ears. They have a chestnut brown coat which traps air and provides insulation when swimming. Wate...
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White Clawed Crayfish

The white-clawed crayfish is the only species of freshwater crayfish native to the UK. It was once widespread in clean, calcareous streams, rivers and lakes in England and Wales and a few areas in Northern Ireland. Many populations have been lost sin...
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