Newt surveys

The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer and Scarborough Nixon Associates Ltd’s licenced surveyors have started the seasons great crested newt evening surveys.

Great crested newt surveys are undertaken in spring when the animals are in their aquatic habitat. Surveys to establish presence/absence must be undertaken between March and June, therefore forward planning is essential to prevent costly delays. Scarborough Nixon Associates Ltd undertake pond and water body assessments as part of any ecological appraisal and can advise on the likely requirement for great crested newt surveys.

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’tis the season…

…for bat hibernation checks!

The bat activity survey season may be finished for the year, but the team at Scarborough Nixon Associates Ltd will be carrying out hibernation surveys for bats throughout December, January and February.

Sites to be surveyed include Tattershall Carrs, a Woodland Trust site, recently seen on BBC Countryfile! Over the last couple of years, Ian Nixon has led a project to transform some of the Stanton shelters and remaining wartime structures within the woodland to provide winter roosting features for bats. The features include bat boxes and the specially designed Lincolnshire Bat Brick. These features have now been in place for 18 months, and hibernation surveys in winter 2015/2016 showed that the structures were being used by small numbers of bats, including brown long-eared and Natterer’s. This winter, further hibernation surveys will take place to monitor the population of hibernating bats within the woodland, and all data will be submitted to Bat Conservation Trust as part of the National Bat Monitoring Programme.

The photo’s show Ian with the Countryfile team filming in the bunkers.

Water vole update

In January 2016, a class licence (CL31) was introduced to “intentionally damage or destroy water vole burrows and to disturb by displacing water voles occupying burrows before carrying out lawful development works”. Scarborough Nixon Associates Ltd are pleased to announce that they have completed the licensing process with Natural England and are registered to use the class licence to carry out water vole displacement work.

Scarborough Nixon Associates Ltd offer water vole surveys both as part of our general walkover surveys and ecological assessments and also as focused species specific surveys, for a range of clients including private developers, internal drainage boards and The Environment Agency. All our survey work and water vole displacement work is undertaken by experienced ecologists in accordance with the latest industry guidelines, published in The Water Vole Mitigation Handbook (Dean et al. 2016).

Hartsholme Bats

Bat surveys were carried out along a length of footpath at Hartsholme Country Park on behalf of Lincoln City Council. A transect survey showed that six different species of bat are commuting and foraging around the footpath and the adjacent areas of wet woodland and open water. The species recorded on site were common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, brown long-eared, Daubenton’s, barbastelle and noctule.

Botanical surveys were also carried out, yielding many notable woodland species including broad buckler-fern, male-fern, lady-fern, common dog-violet, common figwort, enchanter’s nightshade, greater stitchwort, lesser stitchwort, skullcap, three-nerved sandwort, wild strawberry and wood false-brome.