White-Clawed Crayfish Surveys: Habitat Suitability Assessment
What is an Habitat Suitability Assessment?
Habitat Suitability Assessments look at a range of factors to provide an overview of the suitability of onsite habitats to provide habitat for white-clawed crayfish.
In some cases, a baseline habitat suitability assessment is the only survey type required to support a Planning Application - often this will be conducted as part of a Phase 1 Habitat Assessment. Sometimes the assessment will identify suitable conditions for white-clawed crayfish and then it may be necessary to assess whether a population is present, in order to meet Best Practice.
How can LSC help?
We can provide a robust and reliable assessment of white-clawed crayfish habitat suitability on your site, taking into account a variety of variables including substrate, the presence of suitable refuges, the underlying geology and the geographical location. Our ecologists have a wide field of experience in undertaking white-clawed crayfish presence/absence surveys across a range of sites and this feedback helps to generate a greater awareness and understanding of the conditions in which crayfish would be expected.
If we are commissioned to undertake a Phase 1 Habitat Assessment, we will routinely conduct an assessment of suitability for white-clawed crayfish during our site visit in order to provide the best service to our clients, allowing them to identify potential ecological receptors at an early stage in the scheme where steps can be taken to avoid, minimise or mitigate the impact. We have consistently found that this early identification can save time and money for our clients, as well as reduce the extent to which these species impact upon their designs.
Our surveys are completed to the Best Practice Guidelines outlined by Natural England and Buglife, and our reports consistently provide the information required by our clients to secure Planning Permission.
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