COVID-19 and Ecological Survey and Assessment

On 10 February 2021, CIEEM published Guidance on Ecological Survey and Assessment in the UK During the COVID-19 Outbreak (version 4). This is an update from previous versions.

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 pandemic, 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.

These documents provide 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 COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. It is not intended to replace existing guidance and best practice.


This webpage was last updated on 3 August 2021.