The ecologists at Oatlands Ecology are licensed white-clawed crayfish surveyors.
• Determine at an early stage whether a development is likely to have an impact on white-clawed crayfish
• Carry out white-clawed crayfish surveys
• Design measures to avoid, or mitigate against, impacts to white-clawed crayfish
• Prepare Method Statements to prevent impacts to white-clawed crayfish
White-clawed crayfish are the UK’s only native freshwater crayfish and can be found in a wide variety of water courses and water bodies throughout England and Wales. Due to competition from non-native crayfish and “crayfish plague” they have undergone a catastrophic decline in recent decades.
White-clawed crayfish receive some protection under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, are listed as a Species of Principal Importance under Section 41 of the NERC Act 2006 and as a UK Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Species. Local planning authorities therefore have a legal duty to consider impacts to WCC as a result of any development close to water prior to granting planning permission.
See our Survey Calendar for optimal survey and mitigation times