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Wintering bird surveys

Wintering Bird Surveys

As the mild autumn temperatures that we’ve been enjoying are starting to fade and the colder weather sets in, birds will be migrating to their winter grounds from northern latitudes. They are looking for suitable food in warmer climes to see them through the next few months.

Now is the time for wintering bird surveys.

If your development includes arable land or wetlands, or is located close to a designated site that is important for its winter birds, there is a possibility that you will need a wintering bird survey. This will inform appropriate mitigation and obtain planning permission.

Remember, without all ecology surveys, your planning application may not be validated. If you miss this window for wintering bird surveys, it is likely that you must wait a full 12 months before applying for planning permission.

The optimal winter bird survey period is November – February so don’t risk missing this window of opportunity! Our ecologists are suitably experienced to carry out bird surveys. They can provide you with the advice and reports necessary to secure your planning permission.

Get in touch

agb Environmental has several bird specialists ready to assist with your wintering bird and other ecological surveys. For further information on wintering birds, or to discuss your project further, contact Head of Natural Environment, Richard Parmee. Email him on or call 01638 663226 (Newmarket office).

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