A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) is the first step in any ecological evaluation of a site; it used to be called a Phase 1 Habitat Survey or Protected Species Assessment. At Protected Species Ecology Ltd we carry out surveys across all counties of Uk and Ireland for a wide range of sites and development.
The PEA involves a walkover survey to describe the habitats, animal and plant species that are present, and assesses whether the site could support UK Protected Species or European Protected Species (EPS). It includes a search of local biological records for background information on nearby designated areas (nature reserves and other protected wildlife sites) and an assessment of the impact that changes could have on Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species and habitats.
We have been carrying out Ecological Appraisals since the 1990s, surveying sites for road, rail, quarries, industrial and residential schemes. The ecologists at Protected Species Ecology are highly experienced field surveyors, with expertise that covers a wide range of disciplines and habitats. This makes each survey visit highly efficient, and often we can complete our assessment based on a single visit, so we do not subject our clients to unnecessary surveys or superfluous visits.
If the Preliminary Ecological Appraisal indicates that an EPS species could be present, we will explain the potential issues and conflicts to our client, and advise on what additional survey may be required, or how modifications to the design or changes to the timing could may help them avoid the need for further work.