Ecological Surveys in Watford

Here at Indigo Surveys, our specialist teams are ready to provide their ecological survey expertise in Watford and other areas throughout the UK.

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Ecological surveys are required when a proposed development is considered likely to harm an area. The survey will identify the possible negative outcomes the plan could have on the surrounding fauna and flora.

Ecological surveys are generally only required when there is the belief that the site is located near protected species or ecosystems. Indigo Surveys can help with preliminary ecological appraisals in Watford or any further ecological impact assessments that are required.

How Long Does an Ecological Survey last?

These surveys are typically valid for around one to two years. Part of why having a competent specialist on hand is so important is because surveys have been known to be delayed which can impact on timescales for development.

Indigo Surveys aim to reduce the chances of expensive delays so you needn’t wait longer than necessary for results so that you can get the necessary permissions to start development. We believe our ecological specialists in Watford are the best around and will provide you with a level of service that goes above and beyond your expectations. 

An Ecological Survey is made up of two stages: the preliminary appraisal, and the impact assessment. 

What is a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal?

The goal of this stage is to establish any possibility of the existence of protected flora or fauna in the area. 

First, a desktop study is initiated, consisting of the compilation of records regarding the past fauna and flora. 

Then, there’s the field study. An ecological consultant would go to the site in Watford and survey it, looking to record the environment’s ecology. They will look for evidence of unrecorded species as well, such as snakes.

If nothing in these protected classes is found, then there is nothing to hold up development, if the necessary planning approval is already in place. Otherwise, we move on to the next stage of an Ecological Impact Assessment. 

What is an Ecological Impact Assessment? 

If the appraisal is discovery, then the assessment is the analysis of these discoveries. 

A plan for mitigating, compensating and enhancing the eco-life and habitats of the park will then have to be drawn up. This could be anything from moving your proposed development plan further away and making any possible changes to protect the environment, including making additions unrelated to your project. There could be some leeway given to the development of this site is highly beneficial to an area. 

Need an ecological survey in Watford?  Contact us on 0333 123 7080 or email today for the high-quality assistance you deserve. 


“We have retained Indigo Surveys to undertake measured surveys and tree services for various projects over the last 5 years and have always found the price, quality and customer service to be excellent. Andrew Turnbull is exceptionally helpful, easy to contact and always responds to queries in a timely manner.”

Claire Williams
Project Manager

“I have worked with Indigo on many school projects. Many ran at the same time and had very short pre-construction programmes. Indigo were proactive and able to meet the challenging programmes, which enabled us to meet all submission dates for approval. We were kept aware of all ecology/arboricultural issues from the outset.”

Jane Shaw
Senior Design Manager

“Indigo’s role in the Project Team was crucial in obtaining Planning Permission on a complex and challenging site. Their expert arboricultural knowledge resulted in successful negotiations with the Planning Authority and helped make the project feasible while also ensuring that it preserved the character of the site.”

Graeme Mill
Project Architect

“We used Andy at Indigo Surveys for a difficult planning scheme in Wimbledon Village and found his knowledge and strategy in dealing with the various issues thrown up very impressive and the added footprint that this gave the client on the scheme was invaluable. We continue to use Indigo Surveys Ltd for Arboricultural Consultancy services, and would be very happy to recommend them.”

Martin Down
Managing Director