Many projects require differing levels of ecology surveys to gain approval from the local planning authority and the Environment Agency. It often makes sense to carry out ecology surveys early in a project proposal to allow the best design and management decisions to be made based on actual knowledge not "guesstimates" - this applies whether or not a survey is a legal requirement.
Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and other legislation, most surveys have to be completed by qualified / licenced surveyors. Landyke carries out base-level surveys to guide you as to the "indicator" species present on your land or in your buildings or trees, but we are not licenced surveyors of most of the protected species such as bats, newts or water voles. However, our experience in countryside management is known to many planning authorities and can be of great help in persuading them to accept a less intense survey at a greatly reduced cost to you. We regularly work with licenced surveyors and will be happy to recommend them to you as necessary.
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