Breeding Bird Survey

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The Breeding Bird Survey is undertaken between April and June and comprise of three site visits in April, May and June respectively. For planning purposes, a site assessment of breeding birds is made using a survey based upon the British Trust for Ornithology’s strategic Breeding Bird Survey (BBS).

We will visit your site in April to map habitat and determine survey transects. We will then revisit the site in May and June to undertake bird counts along the pre-determined transects.

This survey may be required for planning determination.

Full UK Coverage

Our experienced team of surveyors cover all areas of the UK.

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Our attention to detail, investment in technology and sheer scale allow us to keep prices low.

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Your planning authority will accept our report, or you get your money back!

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Instant quotes. Enquiries responded to in hours, not days. Surveys in days, not weeks.

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Our efficiency and expertise has saved our customers tens of millions of pounds in delays on site.

Proven Record

We provide thousands of ecological or arboricultural surveys each year.

How it Works

We know speed is important to you. That's why we are obsessed with delivering the fastest, most efficient service possible. Here's how it works:

Step 1

Fill in the form or call us

We will take your details and send you a quote explaining everything you need to know. We will also send a booking form along with the quote.

Step 2

Give us the go-ahead

Complete the booking form and email it back to us. We'll then arrange a date for your survey and get to work.

Step 3

Get Your Report

Once your Breeding Bird Survey is complete we will write your report. You can make payment via a bank transfer or by card over the phone.

Client Feedback

Bat Risk Assessment

Arbtech organisation and communication were impeccable. Service was quickly scheduled and executed as promised! Joe arrived at designated time and carried out the survey with minimum fuss - maximum efficiency. The Report was promised a little faster than normal and we received it in the...

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Scoping Bat Survey (Walkover)

The survey was carried out on time and the report received quickly, helping ourselves and our client to move forward with development proposals.

5 stars
Arboricultural Method Statement, Tree Protection Plan

The survey was detailed with all the information we required.

5 stars

When can this survey be done?

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May May - yes
Jun June - yes
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UK Breeding BirdIn this section you’ll find everything you need to know about breeding bird surveys. If you still have any questions then please give the team a call and we will be happy to help answer your questions.

All nesting birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), which makes it an offence to intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird or take, damage or destroy its nest whilst in use or being built, or take or destroy its eggs. Furthermore, a list of birds (Schedule 1) of greater nature conservation significance enjoy additional protection from disturbance under the Act.

The Birds of Conservation Concern (BOCC) listing assesses bird species on the basis of their population status, reflecting changes in their abundance and range. ‘Red List’ species are of high nature conservation concern and are those that are Globally Threatened according to international (IUCN) criteria; those whose population or range has declined rapidly in recent years; and those that have declined historically. The reasons for these declines are likely to vary between species and although they are not fully understood, they are commonly associated with changes in farming practices over the same period.

Amber List’ species are of medium conservation concern and are those with an unfavourable conservation status in Europe; those whose population or range has declined moderately in recent years; those whose population has declined historically but made a substantial recent recovery; rare breeders; and those with internationally important or localised populations.

Additionally, 45 species “of principal importance for the purpose of conserving biodiversity” are covered under section 41 (England) of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities [NERC] Act (2006) and therefore need to be taken into consideration by a public body when performing any of its functions with a view to conserving biodiversity.

Typical avoidance and mitigation/compensation measures for birds can include:

  • siting the development away from breeding birds
  • avoiding parts of the site
  • doing works at a different time of year. No works should be undertaken in the breeding season (March to August)
  • ensuring important habitats are protected and maintained
  • remove habitat features when they are not being used by birds, e.g. remove habitat before nesting season
  • providing alternative artificial nesting sites such as bird boxes and ledges
  • Creating new habitat.

These may be made the subject of a planning condition. Occasionally it is necessary to obtain licences to allow works to proceed legally if, for example harm cannot be avoided to Schedule 1 birds.

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Starting Your Breeding Bird Survey

In order for us to help you with your breeding bird survey, you just need to get in touch using the form above or give or friendly team a call. We will give you a free, no obligation quote which explains everything you need to know. If you would like to proceed with the breeding bird survey then you simple send us a booking form and we will arrange a date with you to visit your site and complete the work.