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Bird Surveys


  • Qualified surveyors
  • Competitive pricing
  • Pragmatic solutions

Our ecologists are fully qualified to undertake your bird surveys.

Habitat Assessment

A walkover of the site to assess habitat suitability for bird species.

Nest Check

A check of potential habitat for the presence of active nests.

Request a quote from £180*

Barn Owl Surveys

A survey to assess potential for barn owls and look for evidence of barn owl use (e.g. pellets, feathers, droppings).

Request a quote from £270*

Other Surveys

Smart Ecology offer a full range of other bird surveys including breeding bird surveys and winter bird surveys.

* Excluding VAT. Guideline prices are for a small, local site. Actual costs are based on various factors including site size and travel distance, get a free quote.

Not sure exactly what you require? Our experienced ecologists will provide free, no obligation advice, just ask.



The Process




Survey Calendar

Habitat assessment and barn owl surveys

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Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Nest check

Jan
Feb
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May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Breeding bird surveys

Jan
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Aug
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Oct
Nov
Dec

Winter bird surveys

Jan
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Aug
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Why bird surveys are needed

All birds and their nests are legally protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). Some rarer bird species, including barn owls, receive additional protection against disturbance during the breeding season.

If your proposed works are likely to impact upon suitable habitat (e.g. woodland, scrub, agricultural buildings, wetlands) surveys may be required to ensure that the law is not broken and inform a successful planning application.

The survey process

Habitat assessment

This involves an experienced surveyor walking the site and assessing the suitability of the habitats for different bird species. This is often carried out as part of a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal.

Surveys

If the habitat is assessed to offer potential for birds then further surveys may be required. Smart Ecology work with specialist ornithologists to offer a full range of bird surveys including nest searches, breeding bird surveys, winter bird surveys and barn owl surveys.

The next steps

If surveys find that birds are using a site, and may be impacted by the proposed works, we will work closely with you to design practical mitigation to ensure your project complies with wildlife law and that your planning application is successful.

For nesting birds it is often easy to avoid impacts by timing works outside of the breeding season, which is usually March to August inclusive.