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Water Vole

Water Vole

Some widespread mammals such as water vole, otter, hazel dormouse and badger are protected by law; others, such as hedgehog and brown hare, are Species of Principal Importance under Section 41 of the NERC Act. These species all require appropriate consideration in planning applications. Our ecologists have considerable mammal expertise, and are adept at carrying out surveys and specifying mitigation methods for protected and valued mammal species. Our skills working with non-protected species such as small mammals (shrews and rodents) and others may be of assistance in site monitoring and management.

Terrestrial Mammal Services

  • Badger survey and mitigation
  • Otter survey
  • Water vole survey and mitigation
  • Protected species impact assessment
  • Thermal imaging and infrared technology
  • Ecological clerk of works
  • Species population monitoring
  • Small mammal trapping
  • Remote camera surveys
  • Radio tracking services

Project Examples


WFE provided protected species surveys and reports leading to the successful planning consent at Middlewick Wind Farm in Essex.  We then provided ecological clerk of works during the construction phase…

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Riparian Mammals

As part of ongoing Environment Agency river restoration works, WFE has undertaken surveys for protected water vole and otter along multiple sections of the River Wensum SAC. These were carried…

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