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Ecology Survey Devon: Surveys and Assessments

What is an Ecological Survey?

Ecological surveys are undertaken on proposed development sites to establish any ecological issues 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.

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

Ecology Survey Devon: Types of Survey

Preliminary ecological appraisal (PEA) – This is the first survey that is carried out by licensed ecology consultants. It is otherwise known as a phase 1 habitat survey. This 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 – 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 any impact. This can be done 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, great crested newts, bats, barn owls, water voles, reptile surveys, dormouse surveys and nesting birds surveys.


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

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Ecology Survey Devon: How Can Collington Winter Assist?

Collington Winter is comprised of ecological consultants which are passionate about ecology and provide a holistic and innovative approach to development with many years experience. We offer our ecological services to all locations in the UK including those based in Cornwall, Devon and the South West.

Our Ecology Director, Olivia Collington, has a long history of employment in the environmental sector and has an excellent track record. She also holds a protected species licence and is member of the chartered institute of Ecology Sciences.

Please contact our Ecology Director Olivia Collington for more information about bat surveys, great crested newts surveys, badger surveys and other European protected species surveys.

We also provide ecological appraisal and ecology assessments such as bat activity surveys to detect bat presence. 

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