Bird Surveys in Wales

During the 2018 breeding season our bird surveyors completed surveys and assessment/reporting in relation to seven wind farm sites in Wales, both pre and post-construction, for a number of clients. These surveys included species specific surveys for Black Grouse, Nightjar, Curlew, Short-eared Owl and generic breeding raptor surveys, in addition to Vantage Point Surveys and Breeding Bird Walkovers.

The team found territories of a variety of rare breeding birds including Hen Harrier, Merlin, Goshawk, Nightjar and were very fortunate to find an active Black Grouse nest. All Schedule 1 territories were monitored under licence issued by NRW.

Our team are geographically well placed to cover all of Wales, and highly skilled. If you require support on a renewables project (or any other) in Wales, please contact Martyn Owen (Martyn@biomeconsulting.com)

Bird Surveys - Caithness

Bird Surveys - Caithness

Our team of ornithologists recently concluded 12 months of bird surveys at a proposed wind farm site in Caithness, Scotland.

During fieldwork a variety of breeding waders were encountered, as well as Twite and three pairs of Arctic Skua. It wasn’t all work though, and the team managed to find a variety of rare species during time between surveys, including Syke’s Warbler and American Wigeon amongst other species.

Our team of ornithologists cover all parts of the British Isles, and beyond. If you require support on you project, please contact Martyn Owen (martyn@biomeconsulting.com).

Bat Low Impact Class Licence

BiOME Consulting Director Richard Moores is a Registered Consultant (RC) on the Natural England Bat Low Impact Class Licence (BLICL) scheme. Any site that has been found, through bat surveys, to host only small numbers of common bat species (Brown Long-eared Bat, Whiskered Bat, Brandt's Bat, Common and Soprano Pipistrelle, Daubenton's Bat and Natterer's Bat) can be registered under the Registered Consultant's Low Impact Licence in no more than 10 working days (as opposed to obtaining a full European Protected species mitigation licence which takes up to 30 working days). Natural England state that registering a site on the Low Impact Licence should be done at least 15 working days before the start of licensable activities. This scheme has the potential to provide a more streamlined and efficient approach to licensing for developers. 

Contact Richard Moores for further advice: richard@biomeconsulting.com 

Shropshire Bat Surveys

2017 was busy year for our Shropshire bat ecologists!

Our team completed in excess of 50 bat surveys to inform planning applications, with surveys of many structures undertaken including a number of primary schools, hotels, factories, a public house, farm complexes, barns and house redevelopments. BiOME also completed static monitoring and transect surveys at a number of wind farm sites in Wales.

Our specialist team of tree climbing bat surveyors in Shropshire assisted developers with the surveys of trees to be impacted by developments in rural and urban locations as well as monitoring bat boxes erected as part of mitigation schemes.

During these surveys numerous bats were encountered and roosts identified, which resulted in the production and submission of over 20 European Protected Species bat mitigation licence applications.

We also continued to monitor a colony of Lesser Horseshoe Bats, first identified by our surveyors in 2016, which considerably expanded the known range of this species in Shropshire.

We look forward to another successful year in 2018 supporting clients in Shropshire, and beyond. If you require ecological support in Shropshire please contact Martyn Owen.

Common Pipistrelle droppings within a roof void