It is the intention of this section of the website to provide guidance that will ensure the collection of appropriate, high quality data and consistency in the undertaking of ornithological surveys across the consultancy industry.
Surveys should be carried out by competent observers with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the following:
- The identification, by sight and sound, of species which are likely to be encountered within the survey area and adjacent habitats;
- The conservation status, distribution and ecological requirements of species which are likely to be encountered within the survey area and adjacent habitats;
- The interpretation of specific behaviours (particularly those associated with breeding such as holding territory, nest building or attending a nest);
- Any licensing requirements (i.e. for Schedule 1 species or for specific survey methods) and relevant guidance on survey methods and standards;
- Local statutory and non-statutory designations where they apply specifically to birds, or associated priority habitats.