Preliminary Ecological Appraisal
Water Vole Surveys Detailed water vole surveys will be carried out by two surveyors, walking within the watercourse where possible. Water voles themselves can be difficult to find, therefore surveyors will look for evidence of the species such as latrines, burrows and feeding remains. Typically, two surveys will be required, however we will advise on survey effort on a site by site basis.
Reporting Following completion of survey work, results of water vole surveys will typically be incorporated into an existing preliminary ecological appraisal report. This will include assessment of impacts to water vole and any recommendations for mitigation and/or compensation.
Licensing If water voles will be affected by works, a licence may be needed. Water vole licensing requirements are currently different in England, Scotland and Wales, therefore we will advise on licensing on a case by case basis.