07 October 2016 by James Webster
As we head into autumn it is an excellent time to have any ecological assessment surveys carried out, such as Phase Is, especially if you are planning a development for next year. Carrying out an initial ecological assessment survey at this time of year will allow you plenty of time to plan for any protected species surveys or mitigation strategies that may be required. As the majority of species surveys are season dependent beginning to plan for them now can save considerable time during the survey season next year and reduce the risk of your project falling behind schedule.
Most local authorities generally require some form of ecological scoping survey as part of a planning application, including small scale developments. This type of surveys usually require a site visit by a competent ecologist who assesses the habitats present and their quality along with the sites potential to support protected and notable species. The survey report will generally detail recommendations for additional species surveys, if required, and some broad recommendations around protecting identified ecological features or how to remove them without impacting protected species. If additional species surveys are required these will need adequate planning to ensure they are carried out at the appropriate time of year. Carrying out an ecological assessment outside of the main species survey season (spring/ summer) will allow adequate time to plan any protected species surveys you may require.
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