Any proposal that is submitted for planning must take into consideration whether or not there would be an impact upon protected species or habitats and designated sites of conservation interest. An Ecological Appraisal will assess any potential impact of works on species or habitats. If a site requires an Ecological Appraisal and this has not been done prior to submitting for planning permission, it may cause delays to your application.
Generally speaking, if proposals involve works to a structure or tree, a bat inspection or assessment should be undertaken to determine whether or not the structure(s) and / or tree(s) have potential to support roosting bats. If the structure(s) or tree(s) are unsuitable the assessment may be brief and that may be all that is required. However, if they have potential to support bats, a more detailed assessment may be necessary.
A Protected Species Survey, Phase 1 Survey, or Preliminary Ecological Appraisal are all terms for the same thing. See ECOLOGICAL APPRAISAL.
The presence of a protected species will rarely stop a proposal, but it may mean that survey work and appropriate, proportionate mitigation or avoidance strategies are necessary.
This depends upon the species and what is required. An ecological appraisal can be undertaken at any time of the year. Further survey work for specific species may, however, be restricted to when those species are active. Please refer to the species-specific page for more information using the menu at the top of this page.
Not necessarily. It may be that upon inspection of a building we will be able to determine that it is unsuitable for bats, but it may also show presence or use by bats, or be indeterminate, in which case bat activity or emergence surveys may be recommended.
If a bird is nesting in a tree, shrub, scrub or structure, you must leave it undisturbed until the young have fully fledged. If you have an area of vegetation that requires clearing in the summer months, it may be that we can provide a strategy of bird surveys and sensitive clearance to allow some or all of the work to take place. Every site is different, so we would need to assess the area to make an appropriate judgment.
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