Protected Species Surveys

What is a Protected Species Survey?



In the UK, there are many different species which are protected by UK and European law. These species include badgers, great crested newts, bats, barn owls, water voles, and nesting birds. Undertaking Protected Species Surveys will provide information on the presence or absence of these types of species in and around a development site.

Collington Winter undertake all types of protected species, ecological surveys, including surveys for UK protected species and European Protected Species (EPS). We can further advise on what to do next if any protected species are found on or around a site.

We also provide Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, which may be more appropriate for larger sites.



When is a Protected Species Survey Required?

Before any development takes place, a protected species survey should be carried out to determine whether any protected species are present on or within the vicinity of the development site.

Ecology is a material consideration, and so when reviewing a planning application, planning authorities will require sites to have protected species surveys if applicable, and effective mitigation proposed to ensure that development will not have an adverse impact on the species.

Development should strive to provide a positive impact on species through enhancements where possible.

Following a survey, Collington Winter can advise on legal compliance regarding species protection legislation. We can also assist with protection and mitigation of species.

Types of Surveys

All surveys undertaken by Collinton WInter are done so in line with current, best practice guidance. All our surveyors have appropriate levels of competence undertaking surveys. Collington Winter provide many different types of protected species surveys, including:

Badger Surveys

Water Vole Surveys

Dormouse Surveys

Great Crested Newt Surveys

Bird Surveys

Bat Surveys

Reptile Surveys

Otter Surveys

Why Choose Collington Winter?

Collington Winter Ecology provide a pragmatic approach to development. We meet the needs of developers, whilst ensuring positive outcomes for wildlife.

Our Ecology Director, Olivia Collington, is a highly qualified Ecologist with vast experience in providing protected species surveys.

Olivia is a Chartered Environmentalist with the Institute of Environmental Science. She holds Natural England Bat and Great Crested Newt licences, as well Natural England Badger Mitigation Licences. She has worked with protected species across the UK, undertaking field surveys and writing scientific, readable reports for submission at planning.

We provide ecological services to provide a holistic and innovative approach to development. We are fast paced problem solvers, working with clients to find solutions where others cannot.

We are passionate about ecology and complete every project with a high level of professionalism. With current offices located in Manchester and Dumfries, the team are well served to work nationwide. Over the years, we have built strong relationships with key stakeholders across the UK.

Contact Us

If you are interested in our ecological services, contact us using the form below. You can also contact our Ecology Director, Olivia Collington, via email at

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Registered Address

23 Bark Street East, 1st Floor, Bolton, BL1 2BQ

Cambridge Office

Future Business Centre, Cambridge Campus, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB4 2HY


Head Office: 01204 939 608

Dumfries Office: 01387 378208

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