Plan for Ecology routinely undertake extended Phase 1 Habitat surveys, Ecological Impact Assessment(EcIA), Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA), Ecological Scoping Surveys and Walkover Surveys in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and throughout the UK.
The type of survey required is determined on a case by case basis. Where possible Plan for Ecology incorporate detailed badger and invasive plant surveys to minimise cost.
Plan for Ecology typically present the Phase 1 Habitat survey information in an Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) or Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) report depending on the scale of the proposed development. These reports describe baseline conditions and assess ecological impact.
Plan for Ecology routinely prepare Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA), Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA) and Ecology Chapters as part of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and throughout 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.
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).
Plan for Ecology also undertake Ecological Risk Assessments, Ecological Scoping Surveys and Walkover Surveys to identify potential ecological constraints. These assessments are all variations of an extended Phase 1 Habitat survey.