At Phlorum we undertake a range of ecological surveys for clients from a variety of disciplines. Our ecological surveyors are skilled at delivering the services that enable our clients to proceed rapidly with their project. Our commercial focus ensures that our clients have high success rate with their applications. We work with organisations across the UK, whose repeat business is a testament to our ability to meet their requirements in discharging conditions and pre-empting potential issues early in the process, saving time and money in the long run. Some companies we have worked with :-
- Faith and Gould
- Jones Lang Lasalle
- DMH Stallard
- UKDN water UK
This most usually is in the provision of environmental impact assessments and environmental management plans, and mitigation for developments during their planning, construction and demolition stages – such as for the discharge of planning conditions or in the delivery of Section 106 agreements.
Why Do You Need An Ecological Survey?
If you are developing a site that supports natural habitats or buildings, there is potential for it to support species protected by UK or European legislation. Identifying ecological constraints early in the development planning process can help avoid costly delays and potential complications further down the line.
Ecology surveys serve to identify the presence of these species to enable mitigation to be devised to safeguard species present within the site, ensuring all work to develop the site is done in accordance with legislation, therefore avoiding possible prosecution.
Additionally, early recognition of ecological enhancement opportunities can also pay dividends if they align with wider biodiversity policies and objectives. As sustainable development principles acknowledge the need to improve biodiversity and ecosystem services, habitat creation and management requirements are increasingly important components of many civil engineering projects.
For these reasons, Phlorum are proud to offer a wide range of ecology surveys.
Types of Ecological Surveys
The usual progress of ecological assessment in relation to planning is to carry out an initial survey to establish habitats that might be valuable and/or have potential to support protected species. From this preliminary assessment, more detailed surveys and/or recommendations for suitable habitat creation and improvement can be offered.
- Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (formerly known as Phase 1 Habitat Surveys);
- Scoping Assessments;
- National Vegetation Classification surveys;
- River Corridor Surveys;
- Tree surveys in accordance with British Standards;
- BREEAM and other types of assessments that score sustainability indices for different types of development; and
- Critical Load assessments in relation to air pollutant deposition on sensitive habitats.
Protected Species Surveys
There is various legislation that affords protection to a range of plant and animal species in the UK. Phlorum works closely with clients when planning and carrying out the following protected species surveys.
- European protected species including great crested newt, bats, otters and dormice;
- Reptiles (including slow worms, common lizards, grass snakes and adders);
- Water vole;
- Birds, including breeding and wintering birds and barn owl;
- Terrestrial invertebrates;
- Aquatic invertebrates; and
- White-clawed crayfish.
Ecological Survey Cost
Our ecological surveys will vary in cost depending on the level of survey effort required. Habitat surveys only require a single site visit, so they typically cost less than more detailed protected species surveys. Some protected species surveys require multiple site visits by several surveyors—e.g. great crested newt surveys require between 4 and 6 separate site visits to survey ponds and at least 7 visits are required to undertake reptile presence/absence surveys. Once the need for surveys has been identified the costs can be calculated and agreed prior to committing to the surveys.
Get In Touch
If you do not see the service you require above, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our expert consultants, who will be happy to offer advice based on your specific needs and circumstances.