Only a small number of invertebrates are protected under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), but many more have been identified as being of principal importance for the conservation of biodiversity in the UK by their inclusion in the Section 41 List, required by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. These are the UK Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Species.
The importance of invertebrates in a functioning ecosystem is increasingly being recognised in the planning system and Essex supports assemblages of national importance, particularly associated with aggregates sites, coastal habitats and previously developed land and especially within the Thames Corridor. Invertebrate surveys may be required as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment, to inform a planning application, or for conservation and site management purposes. Specific surveys are often requested for Biodiversity Action Plan species such as Stag Beetle or Shrill Carder Bee.
EECOS ecologists have the skills and local knowledge to be able to properly assess the likely significance of a site for invertebrates and to carry out an initial survey in line with guidance issued by Natural England. Survey effort is spread out across the year and using a variety of techniques in order to sample the full diversity of a site. Our close links with county recorders (including our Manager, Neil Harvey) and other local experts guarantee the quality of the species identifications and the accuracy of the interpretation of the results.
For planning or conservation purposes we can advise on habitat creation and enhancement measures appropriate to the location and characteristics of the site.
If you require a quote please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org including a brief description of what is proposed, timescales, site plans and any correspondence received from the Local Planning Authority. Alternatively you can contact us in the office on 01621 862986. We can carry out invertebrate surveys (terrestrial and aquatic) in Essex and surrounding counties, including Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and London.