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Ecology Survey Liverpool: 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. Ecology surveys may be required during the planning process to ensure planning applications for development and construction projects gain planning permission. The local planning authority will use the survey to consider how the development will impact the environment of the area.

Ecology Survey Liverpool: 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 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 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, bats roosting surveys and great crested newts. The optimal time to complete these surveys is during the summer months.

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Ecology Survey Liverpool: How Can Collington Winter Assist?

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

Please get in touch with our Ecology Director Olivia Collington ( For more information on a wide range of detailed surveys, including bat surveys using bat surveyors and bat detectors, badger surveys and other European protected species surveys. Olivia holds a Natural England bat licence and has vast experience carrying out ecology survey work.

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