We are able to provide Extended Phase 1 Habitat and Protected Species Surveys (ecological survey) in conjunction with our arboricultural reports.

You may find that different local authorities use a range of terms to denote this type of ecological survey. These may include a Baseline ecological survey, Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey, Ecological Constraints Survey, Phase 1 Survey, Ecological Site Assessment, Ecological Site Appraisal, Ecological Scoping Survey and Ecological Site Walkover Survey – and variants thereof.

Included are invasive species, hedgerows, bats, badgers, amphibians, water voles, otters, dormice etc.

Protected Species Identified in the Ecological Survey

Where protected species are identified that may be threatened by the development we are able to recommend mitigation strategies to ensure that the development remains within the confines of the law.

A desk study is carried out to identify any records of rare or protected species. Reports are provided showing locations and all known species existing in or around the site in question.

This type of ecological survey is will work to establish and record the following:

  • Identify and classify all the different habitats found on the site
  • Establish which species and habitats are currently at the site, as well as those species which may visit or appear at another time of year
  • Assesses the implications the proposed development could have on those habitats
  • Suggest practical and realistic 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

Mitigation Strategies for Ecological Survey

The picture below shows a hibernaculae under construction.

buidling a hibernaculae in accordance with ecological survey

Building a hibernaculae for lizards to confirm to ecological survey recommendations

Crown Tree Consultants built this to house hibernating lizards adjacent to a development site.

hibernaculae for ecological survey

Ecological Survey for planning purposes – a finished hibernaculae for lizards

Other strategies could include Biodiversity Action and Management Plans, Biodiversity Compensation and Offsetting, Invasive Species Action and Management Plans. Each development site will have its own challenges and unique variables which will be considered within the ecological survey and no two action plans will be the same. We are experienced in what will work and what will not. Our experts will make recommendations according to each individual site’s requirements.

We are more than happy to discuss your requirements, get in touch with us by calling 0800 14330 or via our contact page.