Ecology in Autumn

We’re at that point of the year when summer has gone and nature is getting ready for the colder months ahead. The weather, in theory, should be fairly consistent throughout September and October with temperatures gradually dropping, especially at night. At Oakley Ecology we are finishing off our dormouse, reptile and bat surveys and planning for the demand of baseline site surveys for those developers that understand the seasonal constraints of ecology surveys.

What’s happening to wildlife in the UK during autumn and winter?

Species start to slow down for the most part, with species hibernating or utilising a state of reduced activity to sustain life. Species like small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, bats and many invertebrates have begun foraging and increasing body fat for survival during long cold spells.

What can you do this time of year if you’re looking to develop your land?

There are ecology surveys that can still be completed through autumn and winter, aside from baseline surveys, badger activity, wintering bird, tree and hedgerow surveys can all be completed as well as investigations for species through habitat suitability. This is the optimum period of the year to book in a site survey, with time on your side to plan for next year. Get in touch to find out more, we’ll even help with an ecology screening of your land, free of charge, to help you plan your development.

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