Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

A preliminary ecological appraisal (PEA) or phase 1 habitat survey is often the first ecological survey required and also forms a baseline ecological overview.

It is a ‘catch-all’ assessment of classifying and mapping various habitat types. It is a comprehensive and rapid assessment of a site’s botanical interest but also potential for legally protected species and those of conservation concern to occur.

Colmer Ecology prepared a Phase 1 study on our behalf in support of a forthcoming planning application. The site was visited the day following appointment and the report was with us within a couple of days making valuable recommendations. A very efficient service. Colmer Ecology are highly recommended.

Adam Dolby – Taylor Design Architects Ltd

Our PEA surveys and reports provide full descriptions of each habitat type, the flora species identified, a digitally produced map (using AutoCAD) along with the potential for protected species to occur. In addition, we also provide recommendations such as further surveys and offer ecological enhancement advice in line with National Planning Policy.

We follow current guidance produced by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment, Management (CIEEM) and report to British Standard BS42020:2013. Therefore you will be confident that your survey is to a high level of professionalism and standard, with results presented in a coherent and pragmatic way.