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Ecology and Arboriculture Surveys – Timing is Key

Ensure you have the right consultant that does what is needed the right way but knows when a survey is needed and when it is not. For example, a client recently asked JBA to check if they needed all the surveys recommended in the PA1 report. We found they did not need the newt survey because the wet ditches did not have any connection or relationship with a suitable breeding pond. At JBA you get what you need and no gilding of lilies.

Warm weather, aconites, snowdrops and peacock butterfly, all seen on a recent site visit – but whilst this zonal weather is good for the heating bills, there is a lot of cold air bottled up over the pole, so beware the ides of March. As it becomes less stable, and the warmth returns to lower latitudes, there will be more incursions of this cold air south, so our winter might well begin in our spring. Notwithstanding this phenomenon, start planning your Eco surveys now, because the seasons may start late and be shorter, and you could get caught short. JBA are already beginning to fill key weeks in their ecological diaries, so call to book your surveys in now.

Organise your Arb surveys before the bird nesting season starts. Whilst it seems these dark days will never end – the evenings are already lighter, and spring flowers are starting to push through. This means we have just 7 weeks before the end of the bird nesting season, so if you want to sort out which vegetation to keep or to clear – do it now. Our Arb team can organise this work cost effectively, but remember whatever landscape you can retain, there is less to landscape at cost later. We can help you safeguard the best parts if they can fit within your site management plan, thus saving you money.

The key to getting a good Eco and Arb reports is straight talking advice, and superb engagement skills with the LPA.  JBA has this winning formula. Contact Kevin our Director of Arb and Ecology – KevinSlezacek@jba-landmarc.com

James Blake

Ecology and Arb Surveys Suffolk

Long-tailed Tit nest (Aegithalos caudatus)

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