Birds

Grey Partridge

Grey Partridge

Wild Frontier Ecology supply expert bird survey and ornithological services tailored to meet the needs of any project. Our staff ornithologists offer 50 years of combined professional experience. We also utilise a carefully developed network of expert associates to cover more distant sites. This flexible approach allows WFE to provide competitive quotes for high-calibre services, not only in Norfolk but throughout the UK. We have expertise with all birds including Schedule 1 species, and have experience surveying all habitats encountered in the UK, from lowland arable and coastal land in Norfolk to Scottish mountains and moorland. WFE staff hold Schedule 1 licences for stone curlew and barn owl.

Bird Survey and Assessment

  • Vantage point survey
  • Breeding bird survey (Common Bird Census, BBS)
  • Nesting bird checks on development sites
  • Nest locating
  • Wintering bird survey
  • Nocturnal surveys / thermal imaging
  • Acoustic bird monitoring
  • Radio tracking services
  • Post construction monitoring
  • Collision risk modelling
  • Barn owl survey and mitigation
  • Appropriate assessment of ornithological issues
Graham conducting a vantage point survey

Graham conducting a vantage point survey

Project Examples

WFE completed a five year monitoring study of bird movements at an operational wind farm site in Suffolk. WFE had completed the pre-construction surveys, and monitoring was necessary to determine avoidance effects for two sensitive species. We undertook carcass searches and repeat vantage point surveys, and were able to determine actual collision rates and compare them with those projected in the Environmental Impact Assessment. The results have been used to inform overall vulnerability assessments of seabirds and other species.

Stone Curlews

Stone Curlews

WFE was commissioned by the RSPB and Natural England to conduct a survey and assessment of heathland habitat for stone curlews in the Norfolk and Suffolk Breckland.

The survey involved visiting each site and categorising the habitat based on vegetation height, an important factor in determining suitability for stone curlew nesting.  Habitats were then mapped and areas of suitable habitat calculated.
The assessment provided an indication of site condition and potential for population capacity.