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When can surveys be carried out?

It is always useful to carry out an initial scoping survey to identify any ecological constraints and species which may need a detailed survey or an NRW license in order to progress a development. Starting a survey early can avoid possible costly delays so the timescales shown here should be used as a guide. A good idea is to talk to one of the ecologists as soon as you can.

Amphibians March to June ideally but until October too after breeding
Bats May to September for planning related activity surveys
Breeding Birds February to August, depending on species
Badgers Any time but best in winter and spring
Dormice Nut search September and October, for nest sites April to October (inclusive)
Phase 1 Best April to September but possible anytime
Reptiles March to September
Wintering Birds November to February