Based in Kent and serving the south-east, our ecological consultants provide advice on all types of project, from property extensions to large housing developments.
We offer competitive prices for all aspects of ecology work, including ecological appraisals and Phase 1 Habitat surveys to support planning applications.
Our ecologists are experienced and licenced to carry out protected species surveys for bats, great crested newts and dormice.
Preliminary Ecological Appraisal
Sometimes referred to as a scoping survey or ecological appraisal, this baseline assessment is often required to support planning applications.
Although not seasonally constrained, it is important to undertake this survey at an early stage as its findings may influence aspects of design and project scheduling.
The survey report is based on a single site visit, giving an overview of the current ecological value of the site. Our report will enable a clear understanding of any ecological constraints and provide recommendations for compliance with relevant wildlife law and planning policy as well as outlining potential integration of biodiversity enhancement.
Phase I Habitat survey
This survey is usually required for larger, landscape scale projects as it provides a relatively rapid technique for mapping habitats and features.
It comprises a mapping system for habitats and features throughout a site, whilst also incorporating the baseline information and recommendations of a preliminary ecological appraisal.
Each habitat type/feature is shown using the standardised classifications and colours published by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, with target notes added for specific detail.
Protected species surveys
Protected sites and species refer to those covered under certain Schedules of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.
The presence or otherwise of protected sites and species, including the extent to which they may be impacted by proposals, is a material consideration of planning. Therefore, in order to achieve a successful application, it is essential to submit appropriate, evidence based ecological proposals.
Native ecology are qualified and highly experienced in undertaking protected species surveys as well as designing mitigation, compensation and enhancement measures. Where appropriate, we engage with local specialists to carry out surveys and data collection. This enables us to provide our clients with the most reliable and robust recommendations.
Native ecology offer the following Species-specific surveys:
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Surveys are often seasonally constrained, so it is important to consider these early within
your project programme.
Project specific mitigation can be key to successful and sustainable development. Our experienced consultants will discuss options for mitigating the effects of your proposed development to avoid impacts to protected species and sites from the outset.
If avoidance is not possible, due to site specific constraints, compensation measures suitable to the type and scale of the development will be proposed. We work closely with the design team, taking a holistic approach to mitigation and compensation. The result of this is successful measures, incorporated into the development layout that provide ecological functionality in the long term.
Developments that impact on European Protected Species may require a Mitigation Licence from Natural England. Native Ecology work collaboratively to provide expert advice on how to obtain a licence, minimising cost and delays to the project where ever possible.
Enhancements for any scale of project
Local Planning Authorities are increasingly requesting biodiversity enhancement
plans for development proposals.
Our expertise in ecology allows us to incorporate enhancements appropriate to the scale, location and budget of the project.
We produce effective plans outlining specific types
of enhancement along with the management
required to maintain the features
in the long term.