We undertake ecological assessments and Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys as a baseline for development projects. We specialise in Ecology Phase 1 Habitat Surveys for flora and fauna and protected species assessments, we are also able to offer detailed Phase 2 Habitat Surveys for bats, amphibians, reptiles, dormice, badgers and invertebrates.
We have the resources and experience to be able to offer an ecological watching brief for reptile translocation work, destructive searches, and demolition work. Much of our ecological consultancy work includes ecological mitigation measures and enhancement recommendations, habitat creation and ecological management proposals.
+ What is a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal?
A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (or PEA), is the first stage of any site ecological assessment. It has three main components:
An ecological desk study
An extended ecology Phase 1 habitat survey
A detailed protected species assessment
Whilst undertaking the desk study, we collate data relating to local and statutory designated sites, such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and priority habitats. We also contact the local biological record centres and local resources to obtain details of locally designated sites for wildlife and existing records of any protected and priority species within the vicinity of the site.
Using the extended Phase 1 habitat survey technique (JNCC, 2010; IEA; 1995) the habitats present on the site are mapped, and if relevant include the wider surrounding area. For each identified habitat area, we record the plant species present and their abundance. We also assess the potential of the site for protected and priority species, and record any evidence of these that we establish during the survey, such as badger setts or any evidence of bat activity.
As part of the PEA, we are also able to advise on any initial ecological issues that we identify, for example, in relation to designated sites and priority habitats, and also what is likely to be required in order to complete the ecological assessment, for examples further surveys for protected species. Initial guidance on measures that could be incorporated into the development design to avoid and mitigate ecological impacts can also be provided at this stage. The PEA can therefore be an extremely useful tool for development planning and can also form the basis of an ecological impact assessment as the project develops.
+ Protected Species Surveys
The requirements for protected species surveys will generally be identified following the Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA, also known as a Phase 1 Survey, Walkover or Baseline Survey) Protected species surveys are a legal requirement if initial surveys suggest that any of the species listed in Article 12 of The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (Habitats Regulations) 2010 (as amended), or The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), are present on a development site.
Protected species surveys are a material consideration during the planning process and should therefore be submitted alongside the planning application.
Lizard Landscape Design and Ecology has a team of experienced ecologists who are able to undertake all protected species surveys and mitigation work as well as preparing European Protected Species Mitigation Licenses for development projects where protected species are present.