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Biodiversity Surveys

A Biodiversity Survey (also known as Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey, Habitat Survey, Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (or PEA), Wildlife Survey, Protected Species Survey, Biodiversity Survey or Ecological Survey) is the initial phase in assessing a site’s ecological potential.  It is therefore the  planning authorities most frequently requested survey.

Our team quickly identifies situations where the presence of protected species requires consideration. And finds solutions to often complex problems. Our attention to detail, investment in technology and vast experience allows us to be very competitive. We respond to enquiries same day and schedule our surveys in days (not weeks), which helps our clients to meet even very tight deadlines. Our efficiency and expertise has saved our clients lots of money!

Biodiversity Survey Methodology

The 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.

Biodiversity Survey includes the following

  • Desk study – Obtain and review Pre-existing ecological data.
  • Walkover survey –  A site visit to map habitats and look for signs of, or potential for, protected species.
  • Written report – A full written ecology report is then prepared including field survey, assessment methodologies, impacts evaluation and recommendations.
  • Habitat map (produced to JNCC standard phase 1 habitat survey classification).

The results of the survey highlight the need to carry out any further work to fully evaluate a sites ecological value and any potential impacts. If further surveys are required these will be communicated to you.

Abricon can undertake a Biodiversity survey at any time of year, however the optimal period is during spring or summer, when the majority of plants are in flower.

Survey calendar for Biodiversity Surveys

Survey calendar for habitats

Mitigation calendar for Biodiversity Surveys

Mitigation calendar for phase 1 habitat surveys

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