We can design and implement survey work, carry out data analysis, assess effects, and provide advice on mitigation, legislative compliance, and habitat management for birds. Our ornithologists have complementary backgrounds, including academic research, management of bird reserves (including Special Protection Areas), survey and monitoring of reedbed, moorland and cliff nesting birds and offshore bird survey. This combined capability gives us an excellent strategic overview of bird survey, data interpretation and assessment requirements.
Bird Survey Capability
Our experienced team of in-house ornithologists is complemented by numerous regionally-based specialist sub-consultants, with whom we have long-standing relationships. This capacity and capability allows us to undertake bird survey work anywhere in the UK and Ireland to a high technical standard and enables us to pull together large teams of skilled field workers in a cost-effective manner.
We have experience of a wide range of survey techniques and our ornithological field services include:
- Vantage-point (VP) surveys to record flight lines of ‘target species.’ This includes adaption of techniques to map the flight lines of breeding divers, communally-roosting harriers and waterfowl that move from roosting to foraging areas in response to the tidal cycle or at specific times of day;
- Walkover (breeding) bird survey work based on Common Birds Census methods and standard moorland bird survey techniques;
- Point counts of singing and calling birds in a range of woodland types;
- Surveys for lekking species, such as black grouse;
- Surveys for nightjar, including estimation of territories and studies of ranging behavior;
- Use of boat and land-based survey for estimating breeding waterfowl numbers in freshwater habitats;
- Species specific surveys for Schedule 1 (Wildlife and Countryside Act) species such as barn owl, black redstart, stone curlew, some raptors (such as merlin and hen harrier) and divers;