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Ecology Survey in Frodsham: Surveys and Assessments

What is an Ecology Survey?

Ecology surveys are undertaken on proposed development sites to establish any ecological issues which the development may cause. Ecological surveys will be required during the planning process to ensure planning applications for development proposals are successful. The local planning authority will use the survey to consider how the development will impact the environment of the area and avoid significant damage to it.

An ecological site survey will access all areas of the development site and highlight any ecological constraints that could cause concern. A survey will also identify any protected species and habitats that are present within proximity of the site and highlight potential opportunities for introducing new habitat creation, such as badger setts or bat roosts.

Landscape ecological management plans can also be requested alongside these surveys for large scale developments.

Ecology Survey in Frodsham: Types of Survey

Preliminary ecological appraisal (PEA): This is the first survey carried out by a licensed ecologist, also known as a phase 1 habitat survey. It is an initial desktop study and a walkover survey. A PEA survey will identify the various habitats and species that are present within the site. It will also highlight any planning policy issues and potential impacts of the development on a particular species. 

Ecological impact assessment (ECIA): This is an essential document that describes the potential effects of any activities on the environment. This assessment takes the results that have been provided from the PEA and uses them to assess the impact by undertaking detailed habitat specific surveys.

Protected Species Survey: If there is any indication that a protected species could be present on a development site, a protected species survey will be required to identify, assess and suggest appropriate habitat management methods or mitigation measures. Common types of protected species surveys include bats, great crested newt surveys, and barn owl related work.

Full members of the chartered institute of ecology and environmental management (CIEEM) can provide further information on these surveys.

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How Can Collington Winter Assist?

Collington Winter are a professional ecological consultancy offering a wide range of ecology and environmental management services in the North West. We are fast paced problem solvers, working with clients to find solutions where others cannot. We work alongside the Cheshire Wildlife Trust to meet environmental regulations in Cheshire West.

Our Ecology Director, Olivia Collington, holds a Natural England licence, and has worked with European protected species throughout the UK. She is passionate about ecology and has vast amounts of experience designing and implementing ecology services, including ecological appraisal and assessment.

We believe in a pragmatic approach to development, meeting the needs of our clients whilst ensuring positive outcomes for the environment. Our work is rooted in a thorough understanding of the importance and uniqueness of place.

We can provide you with an ecological consultant from our team to assist with your project. If you want to find out more about an ecology survey in Frodsham, please feel free to contact us using the details provided below.

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