A walkover survey and ornithological assessment of the proposed Glenboig Village Masterplan area was commissioned to identify any habitats or species which may constrain future development. The majority of the land area in question was intensive agricultural land with boundary features, restricted areas of woodland, some areas of less improved pasture and water courses and wetland areas. Habitats were briefly described and their use or potential use by protected or LBAP species were noted. On the basis of the walkover survey, the ornithological assessment and existing knowledge of the wider area plus further specific survey for evidence of water voles, the potential use of the site by key protected species and the implications for the proposed development were described. The development of the Masterplan was part of an iterative process initiated with the Walkover Survey and subsequently followed up with further survey and evaluation of potential impacts on great crested newts, water voles, badgers, otters and bats. Proposals which encompassed the ecological interest of the area were developed in partnership with the client.
Species such as great crested newt require to be identified at an early stage in order to ensure legal compliance