Scoping Surveys for Protected Species/Species of Conservation Interest

OpenSpace Cumbria Limited has carried out numerous initial Scoping Surveys for Protected Species, Priority Species and Species of Conservation Interest. The primary aims when conducting such surveys are for supporting planning applications and habitat monitoring to verify regulatory compliance.

Armed with your planning application and the desired outcome, our team of qualified specialists will carry out a baseline walkover survey. This is to examine the nature conservation resource present in the context of the development’s initial footprint, and highlight possible impacts. Furthermore we will supply information for mitigation and habitat enhancement consideration.

Breakdown of scoping surveys:

These scoping surveys (evaluations) often feature a walkover inspection and a brief focus report. They can be expected to establish the obvious presence of protected species, priority species or species of conservation interest. Also, the report will include a broad description and appraisal of habitat conditions.

If there are protected species, priority species or species of conservation, we will inform you in the Scoping Survey report and will provide recommended courses of action so all your legal obligations are fulfilled. These actions will not only be necessary, but can be carried out by OpenSpace Cumbria Limited.

If you want to instruct us to undertake a successful Scoping Survey, we require the following:

  • Location and site plan with at least a broad development project  outline, and other reasons why a survey is needed
  • Indication of the project timeline – bear in mind some types of surveys have seasonal constraints
  • Level of reporting needs. This can vary from a phone call or email to a paper report or presentation in person in front of you and stakeholders / business colleagues

If you need a Scoping Survey in relation to Protected Species or Species of Conservation Interest, then call us on 01228 711841 or email

Updated April 2017