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Ecology Survey Cardiff: Ecological Survey and Assessment

What is an Ecological Survey?

Ecological surveys are undertaken on proposed development sites to establish any environmental impacts which the development may cause. Ecological surveys may be required during the planning process to ensure planning applications for development and construction are successful. The local planning authority will use the survey to consider how the development will positively or negatively impact the environment of the area.

An ecological site survey will highlight anything that could cause concern from an ecological standpoint. A survey will also identify any protected species and habitats that are present within proximity of the site. 

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

Ecology Survey Cardiff: Types of ecological survey

Preliminary ecological appraisal (PEA) :This is the first survey carried out by a licensed ecologist, 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. 

Environmental impact assessment: 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. Common types of protected species surveys include badgers, great crested newts, bats, barn owls, water voles, and nesting birds.  badgers, great crested newts, bats, barn owls, water voles nesting birds, and tree surveys.

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How Can Collington Winter Assist?

Collington Winter is a highly professional ecological consultancy based in Bolton, serving clients all over the UK. We have assisted clients on projects based in South Wales and beyond.

We 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. 

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

Please contact our Ecology Director, Olivia Collington ( for more information on a wide range of ecological species surveys. The types of ecology protected species surveys include badger surveys, water vole surveys, reptile surveys, bat surveys, great crested newt surveys and otter surveys. We also provide ecological appraisal and ecology assessments.

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