Complex, highly specialised and of key importance, an invertebrate survey can form an important part of planning applications. Credible, accurate, robust and detailed data is paramount for both fresh water and terrestrial invertebrates. INIS Ecology offers a comprehensive and specialist service: our entomologist has in-depth knowledge of key groups of invertebrates of conservation interest. This means you are given clear recommendations as to how best to proceed with your construction proposals.

Invertebrates and Your Project

INIS Ecology teams undertake all recognised survey techniques, including direct searching, sweep netting, vacuum sampling, pitfall trapping, malaise trapping, light trapping (moths), kick sampling and water trapping.

We are able to target our surveys to record particular groups of terrestrial invertebrates. For example, we can choose to include butterflies and moths, dragonflies, beetles or flies. We can also survey for aquatic invertebrates, including sampling in rivers and ponds or the intertidal zone – or provide a survey that is singular to snails.

Our team is supported by experienced sub-consultant entomologists and includes national experts in the determination of some species, who can be brought in to work with us.

Because context is as important as the life form itself, we assess biological water quality of ponds, lakes, streams and rivers, using freshwater invertebrates as indicators of ecosystem health. We can also appraise sites with the potential to support invertebrates of principal importance.

We handle surveys of protected or notable invertebrate species – such as the white-clawed crayfish, marsh fritillary butterfly and rare dragonfly species.