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Preliminary Ecological Appraisals

Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, also known as Phase 1 surveys, are usually the basic starting point for most ecology consultancy services of new development sites. Often they are required as part of planning applications prior to permission been approved.

The first step to understanding the ecology of the site and assessing the implications of the proposed development. The assessment process provides coverage for a variety of flora and fauna and applies the methodologies set out by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.

The report and findings from a preliminary ecological survey will set out a baseline for more detailed or specific protected species surveys

Preliminary Ecological Appraisals

Phase 1 habitat surveys

Phase 1 Habitat surveys are now called Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEAs). A PEA is usually the first step in mapping out a development site under consideration based on the habitats present. These surveys can be carried out all year round.

As ecological consultants we use it as an important scoping survey to inform on the need for further work required; such as protected species surveys or impact assessments.

Do I need a preliminary ecological appraisal?

The simple answer is. Yes!

A preliminary ecological survey is the first step in any ecology consultancy work. Without one you most likely will not be granted planning permission. If your local planning officer has asked for a phase 1 habitat survey then you will need to carry one out.

What happens on a preliminary habitat survey?

The purpose of a preliminary ecological appraisal is to identify any potential risks to wildlife and habitats associated with a development. An ecology consultant will visit your development site and conduct an in depth survey.

Findings from a Phase 1 habitat survey are used to form a scoping report for any project that might require further ecology surveys or habitat compensations.

In some instances, Preliminary Ecological Appraisals are used by conservation bodies or authorities to understand the biodiversity within the area.

Will I need further surveys?

Additional surveys for bats, great crested newts, reptiles, breeding birds, badgers, etc maybe required. This all depends on several factors.

If the development site has potential for any protected species, such as gaps for bats to roost, then further ecological surveys will be needed. A desktop and biological records search is also carried out to identify any previous specie history and the habitats that occur within the area.

In some circumstances, no further surveys may be required. Meaning, the primary ecology survey report can sent for submission with your planning application.

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