Phase 1 Habitat Survey - Grassland

Phase 1 Habitat Survey & Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey

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What a Phase 1 Habitat Survey and Report from Adonis Ecology Can Do for You

If you need a professional Phase 1 Habitat Survey and Report for a planning application, or for legal compliance, 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 Phase 1 Habitat Survey clients, most of whom are professional developers and their advisors, such as architects, planning consultants, and chartered surveyors, so you will find that:

Your Phase 1 Habitat Survey and report 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. In addition, here is an example from a client of Adonis Ecology of how our ecological surveys and reports can deliver for you:

"On behalf of PRP and I, we would like to thank you for your recent ecology report which you recently carried out. We were extremely impressed with your report which was thorough, very professional and excellent value for money. I must also thank you for your prompt response to my telephone call and for carrying out your inspection and preparing your report in such a short timescale. Rest assured I will have no hesitance in calling on you in the future or recommending you to others." David A. Hornbuckle FPCS MCECP. Brightsolo Ltd., Lincoln.

If you were to need more specific protected species surveys following your Phase 1 Habitat survey, then these can only be carried out at particular times of year to conform to Natural England guidelines, so contact us today to discuss your site and requirements in more detail so you don't risk missing the seasonal window - or you could have to wait for another year!

More detailed information on what to expect from a Phase 1 Habitat Survey or Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey and report from Adonis Ecology is given below.

What a Phase 1 Habitat Survey Typically Involves

A Phase 1 Habitat Survey in accordance with JNCC guidelines (the industry standard) involves:

In practice, because the Phase 1 Habitat Survey method was developed for rapid mapping of very large areas of countryside, by itself it tends not to provide sufficiently detailed information to be useful for helping with planning or legal compliance purposes. This is because much more information is needed on, for example, the plant species present, the structure of the broad habitats and structure of the features in order to determine whether a particular habitat is reasonably likely to be of significant value. Therefore, the Phase 1 Habitat Survey is usually carried out by Adonis Ecology as an "Extended" Phase 1 Habitat Survey, which is described below.

What an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey Adonis Ecology Typically Includes

There is variation between consultancies in how much the Phase 1 Habitat Survey is "extended". Our approach is to cover as many relevant issues as possible in one site visit, so as to save the client time and money. Our Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey by an experienced professional ecologist would cover the following as appropriate for your site and proposed activity:

We would also normally undertake a desk study to check for local records of significant species as well, as the occurence of local records affects the likelihood of significant species occurring on site.

As a result of your Extended Phase 1 Habitat survey, we would be able to give you an assessment of the likely ecological value of your site, the risk of ecological constraints to your proposed activities and how they might be avoided, mitigated or compensated for, and the potential for ecological opportunities to add value to your site.

Our Phase 1 Habitat Survey reports aim to be clear and concise as possible to help you achieve your objectives. They 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.

What Happens Next...

If your Phase 1 Habitat Survey Report is required for a planning application, then if significant impact on protected species or other ecological issues relevant to planning could be avoided within your development, taking into account our advice on avoidance methods, then the report could be submitted to the Local Planning Authority as part of your applicaton. Once you gain planning consent, we can guide you through impact avoidance measures to ensure that your proposed activity proceeds in compliance with legal and planning requirements.

If significant impact on protected species or other ecological issues relevant to planning or legal compliance could not be avoided within your development or proposed activity, taking into account our advice on avoidance methods, then you may require further, more detailed surveys of the relevant ecological issue in order that we can design a detailed mitigation method for you. For planning applications, please note that government guidance states that Local Planning Authorities should have all the survey and mitigation information BEFORE they decide a planning application - so these further surveys are almost always required before the planning application is decided, and are rarely made a condition of planning consent.

Examples of the types of more detailed surveys that may be required are given on the appropriate species survey page to be found under "Ecological Services" on the website menu.

Once sufficient information to produce a detailed mitigation plan was obtained and the mitigation plan produced, then the report or reports could be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for approval as part of the planning application.

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.

If you think you may require a Phase 1 Habitat Survey and report, 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