A to Z of Ecology S is for Schedule

25 January 2016

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 January 25, 2016
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Happy new year and welcome back – lets restart this series by looking at the importance of scheduling in ecology work.

One of the most important things to think of when dealing with ecology on a development site is the timing. Some causes of delays can be avoided but others cannot and it is important to recognise the difference.

Unavoidable delays would include the need for surveys to be done at the right time of year, or mitigation must be done before building it may be frustrating but the law is clear that without good information a planning authority must refuse permission, while failing to follow agreed mitigation can result in multiple fines.

The best thing is to engage an ecologist early to identify the issues on your site and when they need to be dealt with, this should reduce delays and make them more predictable letting you plan other parts of the project. With that in mind the following calendar gives an idea of best practice.

Month Surveys for Mitigation for
January

 

Badgers* Work on summer bat roosts, work on bat mating roosts
February

 

Badgers* Work on summer bat roosts, work on bat mating roosts
March

 

Newts, water voles ** Newts, reptiles, work on summer bat roosts, water vole translocation
April

 

Newts, reptiles, bats, water voles ** Work on summer bat roosts, work on bat mating roosts
May

 

Newts, reptiles, bats, dormice, water voles ** Work on bat hibernation roosts
June

 

Reptiles, bats, dormice, water voles ** Work on bat hibernation roosts, work on bat mating roosts,
July

 

Reptiles , bats, dormice, water voles ** Badgers, newts, reptiles, work on bat hibernation roosts, work on bat mating roosts
August

 

Bats, dormice, water voles ** Badgers,  work on bat hibernation roosts
September

 

Reptiles, bats, dormice, water voles ** Badgers, work on bat hibernation roosts
October

 

Bats, dormice, water voles ** Badgers, work on summer bat roosts,
November

 

Badgers* Badgers, work on summer bat roosts, work on bat mating roosts
December

 

Badgers* Work on summer bat roosts, work on bat mating roosts
  • *Badger survey is possible at any time but more effective when vegetation is low and signs easier to see
  • ** Water voles need two surveys at least a month apart

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