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Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

The Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (formerly known as an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey) is one the most common surveys required for planning applications. It aims to to establish the current ecological value of the site and hence identify any potential constraints associated with the proposals, so that they can be addressed.

The Preliminary Ecological Appraisal comprises of the following steps.

  • Initially, a desk study is undertaken to identify any designated statutory or non-statutory protected wildlife sites and previously recorded protected and priority species on the site or in the surrounding area. Obtaining this data identifies if the site is subject to any wildlife designation(s) and provides background information on the species present in the area.
  • This is then followed by a field survey, consisting of an assessment and mapping of the main habitat types present (Phase 1 Habitat Map),¬†and a thorough scoping survey of the site for all legally protected species and priority species. We also include a bat appraisal, to identify and classify any potential bat roosts or foraging opportunities that may be affected by the proposals.
  • The results of the field survey are then combined with the desk study findings to evaluate the impact of the proposals on the ecological value of the site. A concise report is produced that documents the assessment and identifies the likely absence or potential presence of any protected species in the area and evaluates the potential impact of the proposals. The report also includes recommendations for any further species specific surveys or avoidance/ mitigation options that may be required.

Please contact us for a competitive quote for your project. We can usually deliver these reports in less than 10 working days from the field survey.

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