Ecology is an important part of planning. Most applications will not succeed unless all ecological issues on a site have been identified and addressed. The UK has a large number of protected and notable species, all of which carry their own complications when it comes to a planning application.
Along with this, Ecology is an important category in BREEAM, Code for Sustainable Homes, and the Homes Quality Mark and carries with it a number of credits that can be easily lost if a Suitably Qualified Ecologist is not appointed in the early stages of the project. For BREEAM, Code for Sustainable Homes and the Home Quality Mark an Ecological Assessment of the site is required in order to understand its ecological value and the number of species that are using the site. The ecological assessment can allow project planners to find extra credits by increasing the value of the site at the end of the project.
We can support you with the Ecology category through providing an Ecological Assessment of the site for BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes at the beginning stages. We can then advise on increasing species value and ecological enhancement of the site in order to gain credits. We can also provide site visits so you can gain credits through the confirmation of legislation being followed and enhancement suggestions being implemented. We can then provide you with a Landscape and Habitat Management Plan in order to attain credits that can normally be difficult to attain at the end of the development.
However, we don’t just help with BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes we can also provide an array of other ecological assessments and surveys to help with your planning needs, commercial, residential, big or small. Just see below for the ecological services we can support you with.
Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey
This is a baseline ecological assessment of a site and 500m radius of the surrounding area to find any ecological habitats and potential species that may be affected by the proposed development. This includes a biological records search with a 1 kilometre radius of the site. These assessments may result in recommendations of further surveys should there any potential for protected and notable species to be on the site.
Bat Building Assessment
This is an ecological assessment of any buildings that are being considered to be demolished, refurbished or having an extension put on. It is to assess the potential for any buildings to be inhabited by any bat species which are a European Protected Species. They are conducted by a licenced bat ecologist. This can be a part of an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey when buildings on the site of a potential development or as a standalone service. These assessments may result in a further investigation with a dusk/dawn bat survey if the potential of a bat being present in the building is high enough.
Mature Tree Assessments
These are ground based surveys to establish the potential for bat roosts in trees. They are conducted by a licenced bat ecologist. This can be a part of an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey when buildings on the site of a potential development or as a standalone service. These assessments may result in a further investigation with a dusk/dawn bat survey if the potential of a bat being present in the tree is high enough.
These are assessments of the ecological, cultural and historical value of any old (>30 years) hedgerows on a site that may need to be removed as a result of the development. Hedgerows are protected under the Hedgerows Regulations Act 1997. The hedgerow assessment follows the methods outlined in Hedgerow Survey Handbook. These take into account the characteristics of the hedgerow including age, botanical makeup, structure and associated features.
These are presence/absence surveys of a building or tree that may have potential for bat roots. It requires a bat licenced ecologist to conduct these surveys at sunrise/sunset to establish the presence of bats on a site and their activity. This normally follows an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey, Mature Tree Assessment or Bat Building Assessment.
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