The following guidelines apply to accessing land for the purpose of carrying out surveys. Adoption of these guidelines will assist our members to practice within the law and the CIEEM Code of Professional Conduct. Members should seek legal advice if they are in any doubt about access issues – the onus of proof is with members to explain their presence on land. Riparian access in England and Wales is different from access to dry land although the general principles for access remain the same. Elsewhere, arrangements for riparian access are the same as for dry land.