Several ecologists in the region specialise in ornithology and are respected experts in their field. They can provide informed assessments and opinions valuable to both developers and researchers especially in relation to the following species groups:
- Raptors and owls
- Farmland specialists
- Reed bed breeding species
Breeding Bird Surveys
Such surveys are usually addressed in the wide ranging extended phase 1 surveys but in more complex situations a full breeding bird survey may be required. There are several expert ornithologists who are able to do this detailed work using established national methodology.