Water vole survey is likely to be required if a potential development site has a water course, pond or wetland area that would be affected by proposed works. Water voles are fully protected in England. In Scotland the water vole’s places of shelter are protected, but the animals themselves are not. If works are planned that will affect water vole habitat, then full consultation with SNH (or Natural England) is required. We can undertake this on your behalf.
To avoid committing an offence, reasonable steps must be taken to minimise damage to water vole habitat or, ideally to avoid it altogether through sensitive scheme design. A mitigation package is likely to be required, and may include plans for habitat creation and the timing of works. Our staff have experience in survey and mitigation design for water voles.