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Bird Surveys

All birds, including pest species are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Developers and land managers have an obligation to ensure that the effects on birds are adequately mitigated during site works.

Certain sites have different value for birds at certain times of year, the most obvious being the breeding season, however some sites in the UK are also important for wintering birds populations, some of these are of international significance.

We offer a range of bird surveys, the most common being Breeding Bird Survey (BBS). Other common bird surveys are pre-clearance checks of vegetation and buildings for nesting birds, and assessments of buildings for barn owl potential.

Barn owl is a fully protected species and appropriately licensed (Schedule 1) surveys of nest sites are also undertaken.


Example contracts include

  • BAE Systems

    Pennine ecological undertook a Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) of the disused aerodrome at Samlesbury, an area of land approximately 61ha in extent mostly composed of grassland. The surveys form part of a site management plan to maintain prime breeding habitat for important ground-nesting birds, including skylark and lapwing.

  • BAE Systems

    Barn owl survey of redundant buildings for barn owl evidence and the erection of new barn owl boxes.

  • Chorley Borough Council

    Common Bird Census (CBC) has been applied at Hic Bibi Local Nature Reserve on a biennial basis as part of site monitoring.


    Biennial monitoring of new habitats created in response to planning conditions associated with a major landfill site. Breeding bird surveys have revealed the sites importance for breeding reed warbler.

Bird Survey Gallery