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Our experienced and licensed ornithologists have the capabilities to undertake a wide range of ornithological work.

In the UK birds are protected under national and European legislation. Section 40 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) imposes a duty on Planning Authorities to ‘have regard’ for the conservation of biodiversity when considering planning applications. A part of this is undertaking surveys to determine to presence/absence of protected and/or notable bird species, this can include:

  • Common Bird Census (CBC) Surveys;
  • Breeding Bird Surveys (BBS);
  • Wintering Bird Surveys (WBS);
  • Wetland Bird Surveys (WeBS);
  • Woodland Bird Surveys
  • and more specialised survey such as Upland Breeding Wader Surveys (Brown and Shepherd).

Birds listed under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) are afforded greater protection, as it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb adults or young at, on or near an ‘active’ nest. We have the experience of surveying specifically for a number of species including:

  • Barn Owl
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Nightjar
  • Kingfisher
  • Black Redstart
  • Little ringed Plover

RammSanderson’s ornithologists have experience in undertaking Vantage Point (VP) Surveys and Collision Risk Modelling if required for wind-farm developments, encompassing anything from single-turbine projects to large multiple turbine projects.

We are fully capable in undertaking Ornithological Chapters or ornithological input to Ecology Chapters of Environmental Statements/ Environmental Impact Assessments.

Should your development potentially impact upon protected sites, we can provide Appropriate Assessments for Special Protection Areas (SPA) and detailed impact assessments for Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Beginning or during construction, you may find that your proposals may possibly impact upon breeding birds. RammSanderson’s ornithologists can help you undertake works in a way that causes minimal impact to birds within the locality through the creation of a Precautionary Working Method Statements. As part of this, our skilled ornithologists will act as Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) on your site carrying out Nesting Bird Checks, to ensure your development does not directly impact any bird species.

We have the ability to design and create Ornithological Mitigation Plans and carry-out post-monitoring of sites. Previously this has included the creation of nest box schemes and also the introduction of habitat management techniques to increase the suitability of development for foraging and nesting birds.