An Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey (also known as Wildlife Survey or Protected Species Survey) is the initial phase in assessing a sites ecological potential, and is therefore the most frequently requested survey by planning authorities. This survey involves mapping the habitats on site as well as any features of ecological interest. The survey will also look to identify signs of, or potential for, protected species to be present.
The following is included in an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey or Wildlife Survey or Protected Species Survey:
- Desk study – Pre-existing ecological data relating to the site will be obtained and reviewed
- Field survey – A site visit to map habitats and look for signs of, or potential for, protected species
- Written report – A full written report will be prepared including field survey and assessment methodologies, results (including maps as appropriate), main constraints to development (if any) and recommendations for further studies/actions if required.
- Habitat map (produced to JNCC standard phase 1 habitat survey classification)
The results of the survey may highlight the need to carry out further work to fully evaluate a sites ecological value and any potential impacts. Where further surveys are required these will be communicated to you and any seasonal constraints outlined.
An Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey (or Wildlife Survey or Protected Species Survey) can be undertaken at any time of year, however the optimal period is during spring or summer, when the majority of plants are in flower.