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What an Ecological Impact Assessment and Ecology Chapter from Adonis Ecology Can Do for You

If you need an Ecological Impact Assessment and Ecology Chapter for your EIA and planning application, if you need to keep costs down, and if you need to keep things running on time - you can have that and more with Adonis Ecology.

Our aim is to help create a situation where business and wildlife conservation is on the same side - where you can make more money and help conserve wildlife at the same time. To achieve this, we not only look for ways to save you money while ensuring your development complies with relevant wildlife legislation and planning policy, we also look for ways to actually add value so that you can have more profit and achieve a development which you can be proud of for the way it protects and enhances habitat for rare wildlife.

We would intend to develop a long term relationship with you as we have with our other Ecological Impact Assessment clients, most of whom are professional developers and their advisors, such as architects, planning consultants, and chartered surveyors, so you will find that:

Your Ecological Impact Assessment and Ecology Chapter from Adonis Ecology would achieve your goals in a highly cost-effective manner, because:

You can be confident that we deliver what we promise, as our quality system is ISO 9001:2008 quality assured.

The Ecological Impact Assessment process and surveys typically takes around a year because of seasonal constraints to certain surveys, so contact us today to discuss your site and requirements in more detail so you don't risk missing the seasonal survey windows - or you could have to wait for another year!

More detailed information on what to expect from an Ecological Impact Assessment and Ecology Chapter from Adonis Ecology is given below.

What Ecological Impact Assessment from Adonis Ecology Typically Involves

In our experience, good communication is key to ensuring a successful outcome for Ecological Impact Assessment.

As part of the first stage to ensuring that all necessary issues are included in the Ecological Impact Assessment process, and thereby avoid unexpected issues and consequent delays at a later stage, we obtain as much information as reasonably possible for the scoping stage. This typically includes a desk study to check for local records of significant species, habitats and wildlife sites, and initial site survey to include as appropriate:

The Ecological Scoping Report would include the likelihood of ecological issues relevant to Ecological Impact Assessment occurring on site and being impacted, and hence what would likely need further study or not for the Ecological Impact Assessment. Once the Ecological Scoping Report was submitted to the Local Planning Authority and ecology consultees, we would then discuss the findings with the consultees in order to achieve agreement on the extent of ecological studies required for the Ecological Impact Assessment.

The further studies for Ecological Impact Assessment would typically involve surveys of various protected species, plus often invertebrate surveys and bird surveys, depending on the outcome of the scoping stage. Most of these surveys can be carried out over a period between spring and early autumn, although winter bird surveys if required, for example, can extend the survey time required from autumn until the following spring.

During the survey period, the client would be informed as soon as any significant issues were found, and the implications discussed with the design team and other consultants on the client's team to help ensure that the most cost-effective and practical means were found for resolving the issues before the final version of the Ecology Chapter for the Environmental Statement was produced.

What an Ecology Chapter from Adonis Ecology Typically Includes

Our reports aim to be clear as possible to help you achieve your objectives. Drafts and final reports are quality-checked before submission to the client and laid out in a professional manner to help ensure credibility with Local Planning Authorities, Natural England and other ecology consultees as appropriate, and have typically the following structure (although it can be modified to fit with other chapter formats as required):

Our aim would be to produce a clear and well-reasoned Ecology Chapter where the recommendations and conclusions are supported by the ecology consultees as well as the client and leave no reasonable grounds for dispute.

What Happens Next...

After planning consent is obtained, we can help you implement the mitigation measures (e.g. Protected Species Mitigation) to ensure your development or proposed activity proceeds as quickly and cost-effectively as possible while complying with planning conditions and legal requirements. We can also oversee any parts of works as an "Ecological Clerk of Works" where extra care is required on account of ecological considerations.

Once construction is completed, we can provide ecological monitoring if required to ensure that ecological mitigation, compensation and enhancement actions undertaken are cost-effective, and advise as needed on any adjustments required.

If you think you may require an Ecological Impact Assessment and Ecology Chapter, contact us today to discuss your site and requirements in more detail and to ensure you do not miss seasonal survey windows - or you may have to wait another year!


Page Author: Richard Sands