Kingdom Ecology carry out Ecology Surveys throughout the UK. We provide a comprehensive range of ecological surveys and assessments including initial ecology scoping assessments, habitat surveys, botanical surveys, invasive non-native species surveys and protected species surveys including bat, breeding bird, barn owl, badger, great crested newt, reptile, water vole and otter surveys.
Ecological services we can provide include: Ecology Scoping Assessments, Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA), Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA), Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, Ecological Constraints Reports, Bat Scoping Surveys, Invasive Non-native Species Surveys, Protected Species Surveys, Great Crested Newt Surveys, Breeding Bird Surveys, Wintering Bird Surveys, Badger Surveys and Badger Exclusion, European Protected Species Licensing, Low Impact Class Licensing, Ecological Clerk of Works, Expert Witness and Public Enquiry.
Our ecologists are chartered practitioners and full members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) or an initial Ecology Scoping Survey often forms the first stage of a development proposal and is frequently a requirement of a planning application. These surveys comprise of an extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey and will often include a desk study (in the case of a PEA). The initial field survey will aim to determine the conservation value of habitats present and to determine their suitability to support any protected or notable species. The purpose of this is to highlight any ecological issues which could potentially constrain a future development.
Full Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management guidelines for the production of a PEA can be found at https://www.cieem.net/guidance-on-preliminary-ecological-appraisal-gpea
The PEA or Scoping Survey may identify the need for further targeted specialist ecology surveys.
Larger schemes or developments located within areas of potentially of ecological value, may require a more detailed assessment of potential ecological effects. In such cases, a full Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) may be carried out. The EcIA forms an important component of wider Environmental Impact Assessment.
Guidance on EcIA can be found at https://cieem.net/resource/guidelines-for-ecological-impact-assessment-ecia/