Nesting Birds

In summary Fauna Forest Ecology can arrange:

  • Phase-1 Habitat Surveys at your development site
  • Conduct an Extended Phase-1 Surveys
  • Breeding bird survey
  • Common Bird Census and territory mapping
  • Nesting bird surveys
  • Transect surveys
  • Woodland bird surveys
  • Farmland/agricultural habitat bird surveys
  • Mapping
  • Single species surveys such as barn owl
Fauna Forest Ecology can carry out bird surveys at your development site. A full ecological impact assessment should be carried out prior to development. During breeding season, birds may be impacted by development.
Birds may use all parts of habitat, depending on the time of year. Breeding, rearing young, foraging, display and roosting locations must all be considered prior to development. Following the appropriate bird surveys, Fauna Forest Ecology can advise on compensation or mitigation measures, to ensure that work is carried out lawfully.

Nesting bird surveys (March - September inclusive)

Fauna Forest Ecology can undertake a survey prior to works commencing at a development site. Our ecologists will survey the habitat and asses for nesting birds.

Breeding bird surveys (March - June inclusively)

Breeding sites are important. We survey for breeding birds by territory mapping. This method of surveying allows us to estimate the abundance and distribution of breeding birds at the development site.
  • Singing birds (location)
  • Non-singing birds (location)
  • Birds found to be carrying nesting material
  • Active nests found during the survey

Wintering bird surveys (November - January)

Wintering bird sites are equally as important as breeding and nesting locations. Winter visitors take advantage of shelter from extreme weather and locally abundant food sources, therefore the UK provides an important roll in their ecology.

The UK's resident bird species also use winter sites for resting and foraging. Winter bird surveys are conducted to determine the ecological impact of proposed development. The surveys allow us to identify the location of food sources and understand what features are occupied by resting/roosting birds.

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (and amendments) makes it illegal to intentionally kill, injure, or take any wild bird, their eggs or nests. Further penalties can occur for offences related to birds listed on Schedule 1, such as barn owls, kingfishers and red kites.
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