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Use our ecological surveys and assessments to support planning applications and buying decisions.

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.

Our ecology surveys identify potential environmental issues.

  • Calculate the potential effect on local flora and fauna, including protected species
  • Identify any potential constraints to site development
  • Include proposals for preserving habitats and encouraging biodiversity
  • We also design sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) which incorporate elements such as ponds and streams. These can contribute to planning application requirements for both biodiversity and flood risk management.

Our ecology surveys and services

We provide a range of services related to ecological sustainability throughout the UK. Our surveys include:

  • Preliminary ecological appraisals
  • Ecological scoping and impact assessments (EcIA)
  • Protected species and river corridor surveys
  • Ecological impact and scoping assessments
  • National Vegetation Classification surveys
  • Arboricultural impact assessments (AIA)
  • Tree surveys and constraints plans
  • Designs for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS)

Who needs a preliminary ecological appraisal (PEA) ?

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:

  • Classifies all the different habitats found on the site
  • Indicates which species and habitats are at the site, as well as species which may visit at other times of the year
  • Assesses the implications the proposed development could have on those habitats
  • Proposes practical measures that will preserve important habitats and encourage biodiversity
  • Identifies any nature conservation or planning policy issues, and whether you need further surveys and ecological impact assessments

When should I do a preliminary ecological appraisal?

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.

Get a fast no obligation quote for an ecology survey and one of our friendly consultants will be in touch.

Do I need protected species surveys?

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

  • Badgers

  • Bats

  • Birds

  • Dormice

  • Otters

  • Reptiles – common lizards, slow worms, adders, grass snakes, sand lizards and smooth snakes

  • Water voles

  • White-clawed crayfish

How much will an ecology survey cost?

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.

Benefits of ecology surveys

  • Meet planning application requirements for both biodiversity and flood risk management
  • Identify potential planning constraints on new or existing properties
  • Achieve credits for environmental sustainability

Get in Touch

To get a quote or to discuss what you need, contact Daniel Cook

Call me on 0203 857 8540   or Email at [email protected]

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