Through our ecology surveys, we identify any ecological constraints to developing a site and help our clients get planning permission. We have a thorough knowledge of the legislation around nature conservation and development, and good working relationships with the national nature conservation agencies. This means we can have productive discussions that lead to development decisions that work for the developer, the planning authorities and the natural environment.
We provide a range of services related to ecological sustainability throughout the UK. Our surveys include:
If you’re developing a site or changing land use, you’ll need a preliminary ecological appraisal (PEA). Formerly known as an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey, the PEA is the most common type of habitat survey for planning applications. It’s also useful if you’re buying a site, as it identifies any potential constraints to the development of that site.
The preliminary ecological appraisal is a first-stage ecological assessment that:
You should conduct a PEA as early as possible in the planning process to identify any ecological constraints to the site. Although the PEA can be done at any time of year, if it identifies habitats for protected species on your site, then you’ll need to conduct additional habitat surveys for these species. This can delay planning, since surveys for some protected species can only be done at certain times of year. See our protected species survey calendar for details.
If the preliminary ecological assessment indicates that protected species could be active on your site, then you will need to submit protected species surveys as part of your planning application. We can conduct surveys for:
Amphibians – great crested newt and natterjack toads
Reptiles – common lizards, slow worms, adders, grass snakes, sand lizards and smooth snakes
To recap, Ecology can be a multiple stage process.
The first stage is the PEA, this is used effectively as a screening exercise.
Should species of importance (protected species/ breeding birds) be identified or evidence found they could be present then further investigation through surveys will be required.
These surveys are individual to each protected species / breeding birds as detailed above.
Our fees will set out the cost of a PEA first. If species are to be identified subsequent fee proposals will be provided. The fees vary dependant on the species, travel , time.
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