AAe’s ecologist are fully rehearsed in a range of great crested newt survey techniques and can produce concise advice, reports and mitigation at all stages of development. Within the team, there are licensed surveyors with in-depth knowledge of survey methods, mitigation measures, and licensing requirements. AAe can provide the following survey services:
- Initial site appraisal using the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI);
- Presence/absence and monitoring surveys using eDNA testing or traditional surveying techniques; and
- Population size class assessments.
AAe ecologists will work with the Client to develop a workable mitigation solution. AAe can provide non-licenced method statements under avoidance measures. Where impacts cannot be avoided, AAe can implement mitigation and translocation plans. AAe are experienced in securing EPS licences allowing works to proceed. AAe will guide the Client through the entire licensing process.