The Ecological Appraisal provides a general overview of the habitats present within a site and assesses the potential for legally protected species and species of conservation concern (plants and animals). The findings can be used to identify potential constraints to a proposed development and planned changes in land-use. Equally, the appraisal can identify opportunities to enhance the site’s value to wildlife through appropriate management interventions and habitat creation.
This type of survey is suitable for the likes of smallholders and Parish Councils looking to enhance parcels of land for the benefit of wildlife and the public, and for those who do not require planning permission for their proposals. Alternatively, this service can be particularly useful at the very early stage of a development project (e.g. pre-purchase) as it will identify what, if any, detailed follow-on ecological surveys will be required to support the application. This allows the timing and cost implications to be factored in at an early stage, thereby reducing the risk of future delays and unforeseen expense.