A9 Dalraddy to Slochd

Practecology adds to its existing experience of large linear infrastructure projects by undertaking a range of protected species surveys on the A9 dualling project between Dalraddy and Slochd. This 25km section of road is part of the improvement to the A9 between Perth and Inverness and requires road widening, junction improvements and landscaping. 

  • Osprey on nest

    Osprey on nest

  • Surveying for capercaillie

    Surveying for capercaillie

  • Pine marten scat

    Pine marten scat

  • Squirrel feeding signs

    Squirrel feeding signs

Protected Species Surveys

Practecology was requested to lead a series of protected species surveys along the A9 between Dalraddy and Slochd to inform the need for licensing and mitigation. Surveys were focused on great crested newts, bats, pine marten, red squirrel, capercaillie, Schedule 1 birds and badger.

Badger surveys

Given our expertise on badgers, Practecology was asked to assess two badger setts previously identified on the scheme - one main sett and one outlier. Following our site visit we were able to advise on appropriate mitigation and measures which could be adopted during works to ensure the welfare of these animals.