Why do I need a breeding bird survey?

Breeding bird surveys are necessary to provide robust ornithological data on the species and number of birds within and adjacent to a site. These data are often essential for planning applications and are usually collected to inform Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) and to help design mitigation plans.

What does it involve?

Breeding bird surveys are typically carried out between March and August and our surveyors follow tried and tested survey methodologies such as the Common Bird Censes (CBC) or the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) methodology. These techniques involve mapping the number and species of birds using the site, but also the activities of the bird (singing, calling, aggressive encounters, carrying nest material etc.). In this way, we build up a picture of the species that are likely to be affected by a development so that we can design appropriate mitigation and compensation strategies.

Are we the right surveyors for you?

Our team contains passionate ornithologists who have decades of experience in surveying for birds in a range habitats and sectors, including conservation work. We are also experienced at working with developers and local planning authorities in order to achieve a positive outcome for your project.