There are a wide variety of invertebrates within the UK. Many are widespread and common, however others are threatened throughout the UK as well as in Europe and are the subject of significant conservation effort, such as the Marsh Fritillary butterfly. This species is predominantly found in south west England and south west Wales, and is fully protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act which protects them from killing and injury, and affords protection to their habitats.
Many species of invertebrate are listed as Priority species under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 meaning Local Authorities have a legal duty to ‘have regard’ for biodiversity when carrying out their normal functions. As such planning authorities will expect these species to have been considered prior to submission of planning applications. The Stag Beetle is listed as a Priority species due to loss of habitat. The larvae spend about five years underground before emerging as fully grown adult insects in spring, and require dead and decaying wood as a food source. Many habitats have been lost as a result of ‘tidying up’ woodlands, parks and gardens. Stag beetles can be accommodated into a development by retaining deadwood within the site and ensuring this species has a place to breed.
White clawed crayfish are the UK’s largest invertebrate and have suffered severe declines due to habitat degradation and competition from introduced species such as the American signal crayfish. Green Ecology staff have worked extensively with native and alien crayfish in Devon for the last ten years on both conservation and development projects.
A variety of techniques are available to survey for invertebrates, such as sweep netting, moth traps, pit fall trapping and transects. Green Ecology have a team of experts to hand to ensure the diversity of invertebrate fauna is considered and assessed when required.
Green Ecology have experience in providing the following invertebrate services:
- Invertebrate surveys (including White-clawed crayfish)
- Legislation & policy advice
- Habitat management
- Habitat creation
- Habitat enhancement measures such as planting schemes
For more information about invertebrates and how we can deliver timely and cost effective solutions to your project please get in touch.