Where a bird survey is warranted, AEcol offer competence in the survey of all species, using appropriate methods, such as:

Breeding Bird Survey (BBS);
Common Bird Census (CBC);
Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS); and
Species-specific survey (e.g. nightjar, barn owl and peregrine etc.)

However, our competence doesn’t end with surveillance alone. We have also designed and implemented a wide range of strategies for the management of nesting birds both pre-development and during quarry operations.

AEcol see out role as facilitation, and we have a wide range of experience of crisis management. As a result, we can offer sensible, practical advice when nesting birds are unexpectedly discovered within operational areas, such as peregrines Falco peregrinus on cliffs, sand martins Riparia riparia in pit sides and little ringed plover Charadrius dubius in void margins and lagoon systems. If required, we can liaise with relevant Statutory bodies (such as Natural England) and, having done so, assist the quarry operator to implement a workable solution that removes the potential for legislative conflict with the minimum impact on productivity possible.