Argus Ecology

call 01207 524 859

Bird Surveys

Bird surveys are a key requirement of many ecological impact assessments; knowledge of a site’s avifauna provides a better understanding of ecological interest features, and can be an important factor to consider in designing mitigation measures.

Many species which have suffered significant population declines are listed as species of ‘principle importance for the conservation of biodiversity’ under Sections 41 and 42 of the 2006 Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act or Section 2 of the 2004 Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act. All species are protected while breeding, with the limited exception of some pest species in certain circumstances.

Some rare and threatened species have special protection under Schedule 1 of the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act, with special penalties for ‘deliberate or reckless’ disturbance at all times.

The EU Birds Directive also provides specific legislation aimed at birds. Species listed in Annex I and migratory species are subject to special conservation measures to protect their habitat, through the establishment of Special Protection Areas.

Argus Ecology are experienced in carrying out a range of bird survey methods, including:

  • Breeding bird survey (Common Bird Census methodology);
  • Upland breeding wader survey (Brown and Shepherd methodology);
  • Vantage point surveys of coastal and upland habitats; and
  • Winter bird surveys of farmland and coastal habitats.