White-clawed crayfish are protected under:
- The Wildlife Act 1976
- The Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000
When do I need to get in touch?
Any work to a river or that affects a river, or any work proposed to occur within, or in close proximity to, a river should be assessed to determine if white-clawed crayfish are present. An assessment for the potential of white-clawed crayfish presence can be undertaken as a standalone survey or as part of a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal.
If a river has potential to support white-clawed crayfish, surveys may be required to determine presence and/or population status before works can commence.
To prevent delays in your project, it’s important to get in touch as early as possible as white-clawed crayfish surveys are highly seasonal.
How can EcoÉireann help me?
We can provide you on with advice on white-clawed crayfish protection and your options. We undertake all types of white-clawed crayfish surveys, licencing and mitigation. We apply best practice guidelines, along with our in-depth knowledge of white-clawed crayfish and habitat requirements, then present the results in our detailed professional reports to inform and support your project’s planning application or other consenting process.
White-clawed crayfish surveys are undertaken from April to October (May to June to be avoided).