Ecological Surveys

From small residential developments to larger projects, we can provide you with ecological surveys to support your planning applications.

 

 

Ecological Surveys

Most developments require an ecological survey to be undertaken as part of the planning conditions. This is to reduce the chance of a  development having an adverse impact on aspecies or habitat protected under law.

Examples of surveys can include:

  • Initial Ecological Assessments
  • Full Ecological Assessments

 

We are happy to discuss your requirements and provide a quote for works based on your surveying needs.

Initial Ecological Assessments

IEA's incorporate a desk-top study, a Phase 1 Habitat Survey and a 'walkover survey,' or 'ecological scoping survey' (including bat scoping). This survey aims to assess the 'potential' presence of protected species.

In order to ensure that the proposed development is not in breach of the Wildlife Law (Jersey), Initial Ecological Assessments are undertaken with the purpose of:

  • Establishing a baseline of conditions to determine the importance of ecological features present within the specified area. This involves our staff visiting the site and inspecting the area externally and internally where features are present i.e. loft spaces.
  • Establish any requirements for detailed and/or further surveys to establish further ecological information; for example, if bats are thought to be present further surveys would establish how bats use the area.
  • Identify key project constraints from which we can make recommendations for design options to minimise impact to wildlife, identify mitigation meaures and enhancement opportunities. This in line with the Island Plan NE1.

Initial Ecological Assessments can be undertaken all year round and we allow 2 working weeks from the undertaking of the survey to the report being ready. Charges vary depending on size and complexity of site. We are happy to provide a free, no-obligation quotation.

Full Ecological Assessments

The surveys evaluate the potential effects a development may have on any species or habitat present at the site. With particular focus on species protected under the Conservation of Wildlife (Jersey) Law 2000, surveys we can carry out include:

  • Breeding birds
  • Bat roosts
  • Reptiles and amphibians
  • Habitat assessments
  • Small mammals

Timescales for Full Ecological Surveys are very strict, and as such, can only happen at certain times of year. The timescales vary depending on what is being assessed. We are happy to discuss appropriate times to survey with you, upon completion of an Initial Ecological Assessment. Timescales are dictated by best practice guidelines and the activity of the species being assessed.

A Full Ecological Survey may require multiple surveys of a site, spread throughout the year. We are happy to discuss your individual needs, although the exact number of surveys required and how long these will take to complete cannot accurately be given until an Initial Ecological Assessment has been undertaken.

More information available from our staff

Don't hesitate to reach out to our staff if you need any information.

Contact us today to discuss your ecological surveying requirements by emailing us, or calling us.

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