Ecological Appraisals

In order to offer our clients Ecology Assessment and Appraisal services, Dragonfly Consulting have formed a partnership with Wold Ecology.

Wold Ecology’s Senior Ecologists and Directors are highly experienced and well-respected professionals with over 30 years’ experience in the ecology sector. Services offered include, but are not limited to, Ecological Appraisals, Extended Phase 1 Surveys, BREEAM and CfSH Assessments in addition to ecological elements for Environmental Impact Assessments and Wind Turbine Appraisals.

Ecological Appraisals

Ecological appraisals are a first stage generic survey, often where planning consent is sought for smaller developments. Ecological appraisals are often required to support planning applications to ensure compliance with the Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, and to ensure the client has regard to the purpose of conserving biodiversity in the exercise of their functions (Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006).

A desktop study is conducted through consultation with the local biological records centre and other relevant bodies. The assessment concentrates on species and habitats protected by law or of conservation concern. The advantage of this baseline work is that it can save costs by programming further surveys and evaluating impacts. This study can be used as a risk assessment tool for the first stage of planning and/or for sites of low ecological importance.

Extended Phase 1 Surveys

The Extended Phase 1 method is used as a first stage survey and assessment for larger scale projects. This establishes whether the study area has the potential for, or already contains, protected or threatened habitats and/or species.

A thorough desktop consultation with national statutory and non-statutory bodies, local conservation bodies and the Biodiversity Records Centre ensures that a comprehensive survey is undertaken. The habitats within the study area are mapped according to the techniques described in the publication Handbook for Phase 1 Habitat Survey (JNCC 1993).

During the site visit, notes are made of features of potential value to birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles or invertebrates, paying particular attention to species protected by law.

Target notes resulting from the Phase 1 survey can be used to recommend further Phase 2 study. The advantage of the baseline Phase 1 work is that it can save costs if no protected or threatened habitats and/or species are detected.

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