COVID-19 and Ecological Survey and Assessment

On 29 June 2020, CIEEM published Guidance on Ecological Survey and Assessment in the UK During the COVID-19 Outbreak. This is an update from version 2 published on 9 June 2020 (and version 1 published on 7 May 2020).

On 30 May 2020, CIEEM published Guidance on Ecological Survey and Assessment in Ireland During the COVID-19 Outbreak.

These guidance documents have been drafted by experienced ecologists as a tool to help ecologists to continue to undertake ecological survey and assessment during the restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 outbreak, where they can do so safely. We recognise it does not cover all taxa but concentrates on those for which alternative approaches are most urgently required. We may produce further guidance for additional taxa in due course. We also recognise that it has been produced swiftly, in response to an extreme situation and urgent need. We therefore welcome feedback and suggested improvements.

These documents provides guidance on temporary alternative approaches to ecological survey and assessment in scenarios where field surveys cannot be undertaken for a given site or area, or only limited survey effort is achievable, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been produced under the highly constraining environment necessitated by movement restrictions and is not intended to replace existing guidance and best practice.

The above guidance documents are currently being reviewed.


This webpage was last updated on 5 October 2020.