Our Ecological Consultants have been trained directly by the Barn Owl Trust to undertake barn owl surveys and assess development sites, design mitigation strategies for barn owl and produce reports to aid your planning application.
So you can be assured that our licenced barn owl surveyors have extensive knowledge, skills and practical know how to guide you through the whole process.
We can help you put forward a strategy to the local planning authority that will minimise disturbance to barn owls during the construction phase of your development and ensure continuation of barn owl usage at your site once your works are complete.
You can find our barn owl survey credentials listed on The Barn Owl Trust Professional Surveyor Directory http://www.barnowltrust.org.uk/barn-owl-contact-directory/
Why do I need a barn owl survey?
If it has been requested that you carry out a barn owl survey by your local authority, architect or planner it is because they consider it reasonably likely that your development will affect barn owls. Barn owls and their resting places (nest) are protected by law. Unlike most birds, barn owls will nest all year round if food sources are plentiful.
This type of survey can be carried out at any time of year and is conducted during daylight hours. Our ecologists will assess your built structures, trees and landscape for barn owl nesting and field signs, along with the potential for foraging in the surrounding area.
Barn owl mitigation
Barn owl mitigation options will depend largely on what you propose to do with the feature the barn owl is currently using. Barn owl surveys are often commissioned for barn conversion projects but the species may also be found in hollowed out cavities within trees. Barn owl boxes are a very popular way to mitigate for barn owls. These can be installed internally and externally dependent on your build or if installation options are limited a tree or pole mounted barn owl box can be a great solution to providing alternative nest sites close to favourable barn owl habitat.