Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA)
This is the best way to assess a site’s current ecological potential and are required as part of the planning application validation criteria. The survey aims to document and describe all habitat types present at the site, based principally on the species present, their management and structure, and subsequently makes an assessment of whether those habitats are suitable for any protected species.
To assess the habitats at the site and their potential to support protected species, an extended phase 1 habitat survey is carried out which identifies and maps the habitats. The ecologist then uses their professional judgement and reviews local species records to determine any requirement for further surveys for protected species or important habitats.
A report is produced which details the opportunities and constraints at the site from an ecological perspective, and this is used to inform the design of the proposed development.
These appraisals can be carried out throughout the year, though the optimal period to assess vegetation is between March and October depending on the type of habitats present. Click here to see our ecology survey calendar.