Preliminary Ecological Surveys
Preliminary Ecological Surveys I Phase 2 (Detailed Ecological Work) I Water I Other Ecological Services I Great Crested Newts I Bats I Other Protected Species I Invertebrates I Ecological Management Plans I Other Protected Species (Reptiles) I eDNA
We work safely and efficiently with a cost effective approach to provide the following preliminary ecological surveys. For more information about what these surveys include, or to obtain a no obligation quote, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Desktop Surveys – a detailed search from a wide range of resources including web based and local biological records centres to collate a comprehensive set of baseline data within a defined distance from a Site. This includes local and statutory wildlife sites, protected species records, Tree preservation orders, any waterbodies within 500 metres and geological records.
Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys – Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys are the industry standard in baseline survey and mapping of habitats (using standard Phase 1 Habitat mapping codes), landscape features and their suitability for protected species. We provide a full species list along with detailed target notes for specific ecological features. All surveys are translated into detailed high quality plans by our in house GIS team allowing for further analysis if required.
Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA)
This is often the first initial involvement that our ecologists have with a project. We follow strict professional guidance. The appraisal includes the detailed desktop survey described above and a site visit is included. This is not as detailed as the Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey, but provides enough information to the client regarding the likely significance of ecological impact, the potential for protected species and habitats present at the Site and which further surveys might be required. This type of survey is very useful in the early stages of planning and design for a project. An ecological constraints plan can also be produced for the Site.
Hedgerow Surveys – Where a site is considered to have important hedgerows, or knowledge that hedgerows may be impacted as a result of development, a full and detailed Hedgerow Survey is undertaken using the Hedgerow Regulations. The survey includes mapping of hedgerows and looking at the features within the hedgerow and recording of hedgerow species to assess the importance of the hedgerow and the significance of impacts.
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