Are you planning to submit a planning application?  Or perhaps you’re considering buying land for development?  If so, you might need an ecology survey.

The aim of ecology surveys is to assess whether development in a given area is likely to have an adverse impact on the wildlife or habitats there.  They’re very important because the findings can place significant constraints on planned works.  In fact, they are often needed before a planning application is submitted.

We offer:

  • A range of ecological surveys and reports to suit your needs.

  • Advice on which survey is best for you.

  • Quick turnaround.  We aim to provide your report within 10 days of the survey.

  • Competitively priced.

  • Friendly, professional service from a qualified surveyor.

  • Clear, easy to read reports.

Ecology surveys: wild flowers

Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) is the most commonly requested survey at project planning stage.

It looks at the habitats and vegetation that are present on the site and the surrounding areas.  It also looks at those that could be present.  The assessment involves:

  • Gathering baseline ecological data.  This is done via a desktop study and a walkover survey.
  • Identifying key constraints on the proposed development.
  • Identifying any necessary mitigation and enhancement measures.
  • Making recommendations about whether additional, more detailed surveys are needed.

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey

An Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey involves mapping and describing the identified habitats.  It forms part of the PEA.

The Phase 1 Survey is carried out according to JNCC’s 2010 guidelines.  Read them here: ‘Handbook for Phase 1 habitat survey’.

Ecological Walkover Survey

An ecological walkover survey is a quick, cost effective appraisal of an area.  It identifies the habitats and species present (or likely to be present).

Protected species survey

Sometimes, initial ecology surveys indicate the presence of protected species.  In these cases, a protected species survey is a legal requirement.  The type of survey and the mitigation needed will depend on the species identified.

We can help with ecology surveys for numerous protected species.  This includes:

  • Bats

  • Great crested newts

  • Badgers

  • Otters

  • Reptiles

  • Water voles

We also offer pre-commencement checks for nesting birds.

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Other ecological services

Can’t see what you need?  We offer a variety of other surveys to suit your requirements.

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