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White-Clawed Crayfish Surveys: Site Survey

What is a White-Clawed Crayfish Survey?

White-clawed crayfish surveys are a method for establishing whether there is a population of these invertebrates present within waterbodies such as rivers, streams or ponds.

The survey techniques used include activity searches, torchlit surveys of waterbodies after dark, hand netting or trapping. The least intrusive methodologies are used in preference, with techniques such as trapping reserved for sites where constraints such as turbidity of the water or other visibility issues preclude other methodologies. The surveys which involve trapping or netting require a licenced white-clawed crayfish worker to lead the surveys.


How can LSC help?

Our ecologists have experience in undertaking white-clawed crayfish surveys over a wide range of habitats and schemes, from rivers and streams to balancing ponds and lakes. We can draw upon this experience to provide robust baseline survey results for your site to provide the information you need to support Planning.

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.

Taking size measurements of a white-clawed crayfish.

Taking size measurements of a white-clawed crayfish.

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