Water Vole Surveys

Water voles are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981), it is an offence to intentionally kill, injure or take water voles or intentionally or recklessly disturb them or damage, destroy or obstruct access to any place used by the animal for shelter or protection.

It is important to consider the presence of water voles within your site, especially if there are watercourses. Even if watercourses are not being directly impacted, water vole are also susceptible to indirect impacts such as vibrations from machinery and pollution.

Process for your site:

A preliminary ecological appraisal identifies the suitability of your site for water voles and advises further surveys.

A Habitat Suitability Assessment is undertaken upon watercourses on site a within 10 m to determine likely use by water vole.

Suitable watercourses then require further assessment over two survey visits. A systematic search of the banks and immediately adjacent habitat is undertaken. Evidence of water vole presence, such as: droppings, latrines, footprints, burrows, and feeding signs are recorded. A population estimate is then calculated based upon these findings.

Where water vole are present and likely to be impacted by works, a licence is required. Our ecologists have extensive experience and hold licences for both water vole displacement and translocation. We will work with you to come to the appropriate solution for your site. and gain the relevant Natural England development licences.


Habitat Suitability Assessment : year round

Survey of watercourses : mid-April – September (two visits, one from mid-April to June and one from July to September)

Browse our full range of Protected Species Surveys:

Water Vole Surveys

As a threatened species, water vole surveys are an important tool for monitoring their populations and identifying threats to their survival.

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Bat Surveys

Identifying the presence and monitoring the behaviour of bats through techniques such as direct observation, sound detection and genetic sampling.

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Badger Surveys

Badgers surveys are used to identify and protect badger populations, helping to ensure that these protected species continue to thrive.

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Bird Surveys

Birds are an integral part of our ecosystem. They control insect populations and spread seeds, which helps to keep our environment healthy.

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Newt Surveys

By monitoring newt populations and identifying threats to their survival, we can help to ensure that newts continue to thrive in the wild.

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Reptile Surveys

Reptiles can be found in lots of different habitat including grassland, heathland, scrub and woodland.

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Otter Surveys

Otter surveys help protect otter populations by monitoring abundance and distribution, identifying threats and promoting conversation.

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We are Rocket Ecology
Ecological surveys, management & support for development projects of any size & scope

We provide comprehensive surveys utilising traditional and modern technologies, prioritising accuracy, safety, and cost-effectiveness. Our experienced team ensures project completion to the highest standard, regardless of size or scope.

Email info@therocketgroup.uk Telephone 0191 300 3232