EXTENDED PHASE 1 HABITAT SURVEY
An Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey is normally the first stage in any site assessment. It has two main elements; an ecological desk study and an extended Phase 1 habitat survey.
Reptile surveys are required if development proposals could potentially impact on suitable habitat or directly on the species themselves.
We undertake all types of bird surveys during both the breeding and non-breeding seasons. Techniques used include common bird census (CBC), vantage point surveys (VPs), point counts, transects, Wetland Bird Surveys (WeBS) and Brown and Shepherd methodology for upland birds.
Otters prefer habitat near fresh water with suitable cover, including coasts and estuaries with fresh water nearby. Therefore, surveys should be undertaken where a development proposal may affect a waterbody.
RED SQUIRREL SURVEYS
Red squirrel distribution has decreased dramatically during the last century and their range continues to contract. Where suitable habitat is present within their known range, surveys to determine presence or likely absence should be undertaken.
VEGETATION AND HABITAT SURVEYS
We undertake standard botanical and vegetation surveys for all habitats, including woodland, grassland, heathland, fen and mire. This includes National Vegetation Classification (NVC).
Where badgers may be affected by a development, we can provide advice on suitable mitigation options and guidance on minimising ecological risk.
All bat species and their roosts are protected by law. Bats may roost in cavities within trees and within man-made structures including, but not limited to, houses, churches, bridges, tunnels and mines. Our ecologists can advice on all bat related issues. We can provide specialist tree climbing surveys to inspect potential tree habitat closely for signs of roosting bats.
Hazel dormouse prefer habitats such as woodland, hedgerow and scrub, if these are present on a site, particularly within the known range of dormice, surveys should be undertaken to determine their presence or likely absence.
Great crested newt (GCN) surveys may be required if potentially suitable aquatic or terrestrial habitat exists within or near to a proposed development.
BREEAM AND CfSH
We provide specialised ecological input for BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) assessments in line with current technical guidance manuals.
FISH SURVEYS AND ELECTRIC FISHING
We can offer fish rescues / monitoring using nets and electric fishing.