Ecological Planning & Research
High quality ecology surveys form the bedrock of our advice, and our experience covers all areas of ecological survey
We are able to provide all the national habitat survey techniques, including Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, Phase 2 Vegetation surveys, River Corridor and other aquatic surveys. Our experienced ecologists cover all protected species, including bat surveys, Great Crested Newt surveys, reptile surveys, Dormouse surveys, badger surveys and bird surveys.
Our approach to survey is usually a staged one; first, a preliminary Ecological Appraisal Survey to establish the potential ecological issues and then if necessary more detailed surveys at the appropriate time of year.
Why is robust survey data so important?
Effective ecological advice that contributes towards a positive outcome in planning decisions flows from accurate and robust ecological survey information. Highly professional survey work:
- Underpins the ecological validity of any project
- Prevents project delays resulting from requests for further information from Local Planning Authorities or Statutory Agencies
- Provides confidence to key players such as Natural England, so that time is not wasted in lengthy discussions about data, but rather spent negotiating and agreeing the real issues at hand
- Provides the information needed to design and implement effective mitigation and enhancement strategies