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Ecology Survey Chesterfield: Surveys and Assessments

What is an Ecology Survey?

Ecology surveys are undertaken on proposed development sites to establish any environmental impacts 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. The ecology survey may 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 Chesterfield: Types of Survey

Preliminary ecological appraisal (PEA) – This is the first survey that is carried out by licensed ecology consultants. Otherwise known as a phase 1 habitat survey, it is an initial early stage 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 – This is an essential document that describes the potential effects of any activities on the environment. This ecological assessment takes the results that have been provided from the PEA and uses them to assess the impact by undertaking detailed habitat-specific surveys such as bat 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, barn owls, water voles, nesting birds, roosting bats and great crested newts. Please be aware that the optimal time of the year to complete these surveys is during the summer months.

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

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Ecology Survey Chesterfield: How Can Collington Winter Assist?

Collington Winter is an ecological consultancy which is comprised of ecological consultants who are passionate about ecology. We provide a holistic and innovative approach to development with many years working in the industry. We have worked on large and small scale projects based in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

Please get in touch with our Ecology Director Olivia Collington (Olivia.collington@collingtonwinter.co.uk). For more information on a wide range of detailed surveys, including daytime bat activity surveys, badger surveys and other European protected species surveys for planning applications. Olivia holds a Natural England bat licence and has vast experience carrying out ecology survey work.

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