Ecology Report for Planning Application

An ecology report for a planning application is a document that assesses the potential impact of a proposed development on the local environment and wildlife. The report used is commonly a preliminary ecological appraisal (PEA). It is typically prepared by a qualified ecologist and submitted to the local planning authority. This is completed as part of the planning application process.

The ecology report aims to provide an understanding of the environment around the site and surrounding area. It helps to identify any protected or priority habitats or species that may be affected by the proposed project. It also assesses the potential for ecological enhancements and measures to mitigate any adverse impacts.

The ecology report is an important part of the planning application process with a planning authority. It provides essential information for those making the decision and helps to ensure that the project takes place in a way that minimises harm to the natural environment.

Furthermore, the local biological records centre should be consulted to acquire information on designated nature conservation sites. This is usually done for sites of special scientific interest and local wildlife sites. This is alongside any past records of notable/protected species within a 2km radius of the site.

What does the ecology report include?

The report typically includes a description of the site, its flora and fauna, and the habitats present. This also includes an assessment of the ecological value of the site. It may also include a protected species survey of any priority species that may be present, such as bats, birds, or great crested newts.

The report may make recommendations for ecological enhancements, such as the creation of new habitats or the provision of nest boxes. It may also propose measures to mitigate any adverse impacts on wildlife. This may include the installation of bat boxes or the creation of buffer zones around protected habitats.

How can Collington Winter assist?

Collington Winter are passionate about ecology and provide a holistic and innovative approach to development. We are fast paced problem solvers, working with clients to find solutions where others cannot.

We undertake a range of detailed surveys for our clients, including ecological impact assessments and ecology surveys.

If you would like to find out more about the surveys that we provide, contact us using the form below. You can also contact Olivia Collington via email at

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