As the foundation for many ecological assessments, it is important to commission Phase 1 or Preliminary Ecological Assessments (PEA) for any scale project. Often a Phase 1 is a condition of planning applications. Clear and detailed assessments of a site identifies ecological considerations at the earliest stage in your project: this assists with appropriate planning and implementation of any additional surveys, allowing the development of suitable mitigation plans.
Typically, these surveys include a full site visit to collect field data and imagery in addition to a desktop study identifying historical records or digital information of use. The site visit is an important stage in assessing the potential for protected or noteable species to be supported or impacted.
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