Ecological Surveys in Coventry
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Ecological surveys are studies of areas around a proposed development site, aiming to identify any impact that it may have on the surrounding environment. They are only required when there is the belief that the site is located near protected species or ecosystems.
Coventry has many areas which can often contain protected plant life or wildlife which would as a result require an ecological survey if a development were being planned for the area. Indigo Surveys can help with preliminary ecological appraisals or any further ecological surveys that are required.
How long does an ecological survey last?
Ecological surveys are valid for approximately 12 months to 24 months. Part of the reason why having a specialist consultant on hand is to make sure the completion time is within this window to avoid the need to have to revisit a site.
The efficiency of Indigo Surveys promises that there will be no cause for delay in this regard, as bad planning and practice can lead to extended wait times. We have a great many specialists in Coventry who are passionate about their work and aim to bring you the best possible ecological survey service.
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 if there is any possibility of the existence of protected flora or fauna in the area. It’s done through both a desktop study and a walkover survey.
A desktop study consists of gathering data relating to the area in question and trying to find records of any of the protected animals or flora in the area.
Then, there’s the field study. An ecology consultant will go to the site in Coventry and survey it, looking to record habitats in the area and the species that they are comprised of. They will look for evidence of unrecorded species as well, such as snakes, and take a note of the flora nearby.
If both stages are completed, and it’s found that there are no such protected animals or flora in the area, then the survey will end at this assessment. Otherwise, it continues onto the second stage.
What is an Ecological Impact Assessment?
The EIA’s goal is to detail the possible effects that a proposed development could have on the existing habitats and species found during the appraisal.
If it’s found that there are indeed going to be conflicts, then what will follow is a Mitigation, Compensation and Enhancement stage. Essentially, you will be asked to reduce and then compensate the habitat for the development of a project, followed by a plan to make the habitats in the area more liveable to offset your presence there.
There will also be a consideration for how needed the site is. For example, if it was a clean water source in an area full of polluted water, your project would weigh heavily in the favour of the public interest, and you’d be passed.
We are contactable to discuss any of your Coventry-based Ecological survey needs – contact us on 0333 123 7080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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