Invertebrates – Leave the Small Things to Us

Posted by Michael Williams on 10/01/2013

Ecological surveys can often require specialist knowledge, however when it comes to invertebrate surveys there is often so much to consider. Rare invertebrates are not restricted to nature reserves and they frequently crop up during ecological surveys on all kinds of sites.  With a growing number of species added to the Wildlife and Countryside Act, UK Biodiversity Action Plans and Red Data Books, and with authorities beginning to realise the importance of invertebrate site assessments, you need to ensure that you can deal with the growing demand for them.

Identification to species level can frequently be difficult and it is impossible for even the most experienced invertebrate specialist to be able to identify everything. Most invertebrate consultants have specialist groups, however determining what to survey for and who to undertake the survey is not always easy. Where large projects, such as roads and pipelines are concerned, and invertebrate surveys are required as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment, it can be difficult to determine the areas that need to be targeted and the type of survey required.

Fortunately, as the UKs most experienced ecological consultancy and contractor, Ecosulis has many years of experience specialising in undertaking terrestrial and aquatic surveys in a variety of habitats and employs trained in-house specialists, in addition to having an established network of reliable contacts to help out when needed.

White Admiral butterfly - butterfly surveys often required

Our broad range of survey methods include pitfall trapping, sweep-netting, beating, kick samples, BMWP and Species Quality Scores, transects, walkover surveys, ISIS and site assessments. We also have considerable experience in advising our clients with mitigation, habitat creation and enhancement, and management prescriptions tailored to the specific project and as cost-effective as possible. We’ll highlight the key features of importance for you, and help you to deal with them.

Previous projects have ranged from small urban brownfield sites, large-scale pipeline projects, agricultural land, SSSIs, coastal sites, heathland, ancient woodland, grassland, gravel pits, ponds, sandpits, quarries, wetlands, rivers, streams and canals and intertidal habitats throughout the UK. Whatever the size of your project, we are equipped to undertake the hard work.

Our invertebrate specialists are experienced in identifying a wide range of invertebrates including beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata), butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), ants bees and wasps (Aculeate Hymenoptera), spiders and harvestmen (Arachnida) and more.

As well as many species being afforded some level of protection, from species with full protection such as the marsh fritillary butterfly, to UK BAP species and other species of conservation importance, invertebrates are also important indicators of environmental quality. Ecosulis are experienced in established invertebrate assessment techniques, as well as being pioneers in site assessments accounting for a range of biodiversity measurements. We take care of the little things while you deal with the bigger issues.

See our invertebrate services page for further details.