Abrehart Ecology Ltd’s Protected Species Services


Abrehart Ecology Ltd provides protected species services nationally, this includes surveys for European protected species (EPS) and those protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and Protection of Badgers Act 1992. The discovery of protected species on a site often starts with a Phase 1 survey, early identification of protected species during your project can help it run smoothly in the future. Our ecologists are skilled and highly experienced at surveying and advising on all of the following protected species:


European protected species

Our surveys for EPS provide information about the location and size of any populations on site. If protected species are identified within a site we have the experience to provide advice on the mitigation and compensation elements could be needed to meet the requirements of Natural England and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for further work.

We provide advisory services for the following species:

freshwater pearl mussel

little whirlpool ramshorn snail

all UK bat species

great crested newt

natterjack toad


hazel dormouse


Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) is the UK’s primary legislation for protecting wildlife, it now also implements EU law such as the Convention of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) and Birds Directive. The Act covers a wide range of wildlife law and includes important legislation protecting the following:

breeding birds (with additional protection level for Schedule 1 species, such as barn owl)

water voles

white-clawed crayfish

the prohibition of certain methods of killing or taking wild animals; and

restrictions on the introduction of certain animals and plants.

Abrehart Ecology provides high quality and personally tailored protected species surveys which will put you in the best position possible to move your project forward. We pride ourselves on providing pragmatic and cost-effective services for our clients with high quality results. Please contact us to discuss your project’s needs.

Protection of Badgers Act 1992

Badgers are protected from harm under this legislation, and their setts are protected from damage, disturbance, obstruction or destruction.

You can find out more about protected species surveys on our blog…

  • Bat Surveys
  • Newts
  • Lizards
  • Roman Snails
  • Snakes