Habitat Surveys in Cornwall & Devon, UK | Plan for Ecology
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Habitat Surveys in Cornwall & Devon, UK

Plan for Ecology operate in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and throughout the UK.


We routinely undertake the following surveys:

  • Phase 1 Habitat Surveys
  • Ecological Impact Assessment(EcIA)
  • Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA)
  • Ecological Scoping Surveys
  • Walkover Surveys


We determine the type of survey required on a case-by-case basis. Where possible Plan for Ecology also incorporates detailed badger and invasive plant surveys.  This helps to minimise the overall cost.

Plan for Ecology can then produce the following reports:

  • Phase 1 Habitat survey information in an Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)
  • Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA)
  • Ecology Chapter as part of a formal Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

The type of report depends on the scale of the proposed development.

Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) & Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA)

Plan for Ecology routinely prepare Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA), Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA) and Ecology Chapters as part of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) for developments in Cornwall and across the UK.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is required for developments that meet the criteria set out in the European Union Directives 85/337/EEC and 97/11/EC. The EIA includes an Ecology Chapter. Smaller developments, which do not require a formal EIA, frequently require an Ecological Impact Assessment or Preliminary Ecological Appraisal.

Phase 1 Habitat surveys

This is typically the first stage of assessing the ecological value of a site and identifying potential ecological constraints. The Phase 1 Habitat Survey identifies the habitats present and their associated plant species, assesses the potential of the site to support protected species and identifies any requirement for more detailed habitat (National Vegetation Classification, NVC and Hedgerow Assessments) and species surveys (provided by Plan for Ecology).  We offer this service across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and across the UK.

Ecological Risk Assessments

Plan for Ecology also undertake Ecological Risk Assessments, Ecological Scoping Surveys and Walkover Surveys throughout Cornwall to identify potential ecological constraints. These assessments are all variations of an extended Phase 1 Habitat survey.