Ecological Impact Assessment

An Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) is a process of identifying, quantifying and evaluating potential effects of development-related or other proposed actions on habitats, species and ecosystems.

The ecology report for our Grade II listed property, outbuildings and grounds was requested, service and quality were both exceptional, being thorough, professional and prompt in its delivery. We would not hesitate to recommend the team or their service – both were high class and a pleasure to work with

Private Client

EcIA are normally requested by the Local Authority in order to determine potential impacts and issues during application determination and to support consent approval.

An Ecological Impact Assessment will normally start with a ‘Preliminary Ecological Appraisal’ but include details of any ‘Protected Species –Phase 2’ such as bat, great crested newt or bird surveys.

An EcIA will often require data searches to be commissioned from a Local Biodiversity Record Centre (LBRC) in order to assess important ecological features (habitats, species and ecosystems) that may potentially be impacted as well as geographical locations and citation criteria.

The aim of the EcIA is to have an overall review of the baseline survey data as well as any additional information provided by LBRC to assess the level of potential impacts on important ecological features as well as protected species.

We incorporate avoidance measure where necessary as well as reduce and compensate ecological impacts by consulting with planners, architects and the design team.

Our EcIA follow current guidance produced by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment, Management (CIEEM) and report to British Standard BS42020:2013.

For further information on survey timings, please consult our ‘Survey Calendar’ or alternatively, contact us to discuss your requirements.