Preliminary Ecological Appraisal During the initial PEA survey, habitats on site will be assessed for suitability to this species and any squirrel field signs will be recorded.
Remote Camera Monitoring Where dreys are recorded within trees that may be felled or affected by the works, in locations where both red and grey squirrels can be present, further survey work may be recommended. Monitoring with remote cameras can be used (with cameras fixed to adjacent trees by our trained climbers) to determine the squirrel species present and whether the drey is active.
Reporting Results of survey for red squirrel will typically be incorporated into an existing preliminary ecological appraisal report, including assessment of potential impacts to these species
Pre-works Checking Surveys In some cases, no evidence of red squirrel is recorded at the initial survey stage, but suitable habitat may be present. In locations where red squirrel may be present, a pre-works checking survey may be recommended to identify whether any dreys have been formed, prior to trees and woodland being felled. Further mitigation can then be provided in cases where dreys are found.