Typically required as a first step to address the ecological aspects of a planning application a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) is an initial assessment of the site and surrounding environment to help you understand the baseline ecology of your project area, often known as a 'Phase 1' Habitat survey.
1) Desktop study - we research data on statutory designated sites, such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and priority habitats.
2) Site walkover - often known as an extended Phase 1 habitat survey. Here we map the survey area and record the plant species present whilst also assessing the potential of the site for protected and priority species, such as badger setts or reptile habitat.
Our reports provide an initial site assessment which describes the habitats present on your site that may support protected species.
We report any ecological constraints associated with the development and recommend any further protected species surveys.
We will also offer recommendations as to how to maximise your design and plans for enhanced biodiversity.