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Water Voles and 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.

Water Voles and Otters

Scarborough Nixon Associates Ltd offer water vole and otter surveys – both as part of our general walkover surveys and ecological assessments and also as focused species specific surveys. 

As part of a general ecology walkover survey, all water bodies are assessed for their potential to support otters and water voles.  In addition the team regularly undertake focused water vole and otter surveys for a range of clients including private developers, internal drainage boards and The Environment Agency. All our survey work is undertaken by experienced ecologists in accordance with the latest industry guidelines. Advice relating to mitigation and the requirement for appropriate licences can be provided.

Legislation

Water voles and their habitat are now fully protected under section 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).

In England and Wales otters and their places of shelter are fully protected under The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (the Habitats Regulations) and The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).

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