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Protected Species

A number of species receive special protection under both our domestic UK legislation and European legislation; these are known as ‘Protected Species’. As part of the planning process, a protected species survey is usually a requirement. Inspired Ecology have ecologists who hold appropriate licenses if necessary and specialise in survey and mitigation for the commonly encountered ‘protected species’. Many surveys (and mitigation strategies) are constrained by season and early planning is vital in order to avoid delays. Inspired Ecology can advise on likely ecological constraints, the potential for certain protected species to occur on a site and the potential survey effort that may be required – for an informal chat about your site and the services we may be able to provide please do not hesitate to contact us.


Great crested newt surveys must be undertaken between March and June, therefore forward planning is essential in order to prevent costly delays. Book your survey now!


Bats and their roosts are legally protected.

Inspired Ecology Ltd can provide robust surveys using the latest equipment, practical mitigation strategies and reports which will satisfy planning authorities.


Inspired Ecology Ltd can undertake badger surveys and provide advice on licensing and mitigation. Please ring us for an informal chat about your development and badgers.


The habitat requirement of birds is very varied and hence our survey technique and rationale will vary depending on the development proposals and the location of the proposed development. Please get in touch for an informal discussion about your site and possible survey requirements.

Barn Owls

Barn owls are afforded special legal protection. They are frequently recorded in outbuildings and barns; the team can offer surveys, advice and practical mitigation strategies for this species.

Water Voles & Otters

Water voles and their habitat are legally protected.

The team can undertake surveys for water voles (and otters) and can provide advice relating to mitigation and licensing.


Our team undertakes survey and mitigation work for common reptile species (common lizard, slow-worm, adder, and grass snake). Ring us now for an informal chat about your site and the potential for common reptiles to occur.

Why use Inspired Ecology?

Inspired Ecology Ltd are a team of experienced ecologists with complementary expertise that can provide complete ecological solutions for your project.


Practical experience in the use of advanced technological species surveying equipment

Ecological Solutions

Wide knowledge and expertise in theoretical and practical field skills suitable for a range of flora and fauna


As a small company with a distinguished reputation within the sector, we assure the highest standard of customer service and efficiency tailored towards your ecology needs


Over 15 years of experience in the ecological sector with personnel holding relevant degrees and/or membership of appropriate professional bodies