Ecology Surveys for Natural Habitat Preservation
Creating and maintaining new and existing habitats
As Japanese Knotweed Specialists, we do far more than simply clear invasive weeds from your sites, we restore natural terrestrial and freshwater habitats, so native species of flora and fauna can regenerate in their optimum environment.
Animal species we have supported include:
- Newts and other amphibians
- Water voles
- A variety of insects
With conservation of the natural environment at the heart of everything we do, we’re proud to have completed habitat projects for residential and commercial developments, renewable energy sites, utilities projects, major infrastructures, waste operations, rural sectors and many other initiatives.
Habitat and ecology surveys
A Phase 1 habitat survey, also referred to as Phase 1 ecology survey or wildlife survey, is the industry standard when classifying and mapping British wildlife habitats, often for the purpose of conservation when new developments or construction projects are proposed, to support a planning application.
Following Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) guidance, we can carry out an ecology survey for your site. We map the natural and semi-natural habitats, recording plant species and other wildlife, using colour coding which allows speedy visual assessment of the distribution and extent of each habitat type and feature, accompanied by a brief description.
With a phase 1 habitat or ecology survey, we can:
- Identify protected species
- Assess the implications of any proposed development for each habitat
- Suggest practical solutions for conservation and preserving biodiversity
- Highlight conservation and planning policy issues that might require additional habitat surveys or ecological impact assessments
Seasonal constraints for ecology surveys
Obviously, obtaining ecological information at the earliest opportunity in the design phase of a project is helpful, however, vegetation and other wildlife may not show itself in winter months. To save time and reduce cost, factoring in optimum habitat survey periods from the beginning will allow you to streamline scheduling for your proposed development.
For advice or to book an accurate and timely Phase 1 ecology survey, get in touch with us on 0800 122 3326.