15 December 2015
With ecology being driven by many seasonal changes in habitat and species you would be forgiven for thinking that our ecologists also slow down and go into hibernation during winter. On the contrary, we are as busy as ever.
Autumn is the time for us to complete lots of desk-based work such as reporting survey findings and conducting data analysis. This includes writing up Ecological Impact Assessments, Management Plans and BREEAM reports and there is still a lot of planning required for our winter survey work. Our Survey Calendar (download) highlights the wealth of data that can be gathered despite the shorter days and colder weather.
Key field work at this time of year includes further protected species surveys such as to identify otter and badger places of shelter. With the trees denuded of leaves and visibility at its best, this is also a great time for conducting tree climbing surveys to identify potential bat roosts. Our Senior Ecologist, Barry Clarkson, explain the importance and advantages of climbed inspections to conduct bat surveys in this video.
Early scheduling of ecological assessment and reports is essential in minimising any adverse impact on budget and programming of a project. Our calendar gives an idea of when during the year is best to conduct specific surveys but do contact us for more detailed guidance.
Principal Ecologists Gary Sinclair and Nicola Tyrrell lead the growing ecology team in Scotland delivering expert services throughout the year.