Ecological Impact Assessment

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An Ecological Impact Assessment is an essential document that describes the potential effects of activities on the environment. They're commonly requested by construction companies and developers who want to undertake residential construction and regeneration projects, retail and leisure development, wind farms, roads, pipelines, and other infrastructure with multidisciplinary consultant expertise required.

Our team of experts has an in-depth, detailed understanding of all the requirements of the regulations that govern Environmental Impact Assessment in England and Wales. Scotland has its own unique set of laws.

What does the law mean to you? It means that, the proposed development design has to take into consideration the findings of the detailed ecological reports. It is your job to avoid harm to biodiversity, mitigate any potential harm, and compensate when harm is unavoidable. It is our job to support you in achieving it.

The process involves several steps:

  1. Scoping and data gathering – Gathering information on the proposed development, the site's existing ecology and the relevant legislation, rules or guidelines
  2. A preliminary ecological appraisal survey to identify and evaluate the main habitat types on the site and the presence or potential presence of protected species on site
  3. Detailed protected species surveys if the scoping exercise reveals a need
  4. Evaluation of the site's nature conservation value, the habitats and species it contains, scaled from negligible to 'international importance'
  5. Impact assessments that interpret the survey data to identify any habitat loss, its magnitude and significance
  6. Mitigation – measures to avoid, reduce or compensate for identified impacts
  7. Residual impacts – looking at the effect the development as a whole has on biodiversity, assessing the proposal bearing mitigation in mind to figure out the final 'residual' impact
  8. Creating an Ecological Impact Assessment report that gives the stakeholders all the information they need about the ecological impact of the development

This type of work can be conducted at any time of year. Call us on 07487 700305 or:

 

Why?

The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) covers England and Wales, protecting the interests of our wildlife and the environments it depends upon. This includes the protection of wild birds, their eggs and nests, other animals and plants and protected areas including statutory sites.

More or less every development and construction project impacts the natural environment in one way or another, whether it's urban, suburban or rural. An Ecological Impact Assessment examines, reviews and makes recommendations so your organisation can conserve and protect the wildlife that lives on the site you intend to develop, while staying within the law.

What do we do?

Our experienced team covers every aspect of Ecological Impact Assessments, including collecting and reviewing baseline survey data from survey reports and data provided by stakeholders.

We consult with nature conservation stakeholders to ensure the scope of the assessment is correct. We evaluate on-site ecological resources to a geographical scale, examining local value, county value and national value. We identify any potential impacts and design avoidance and mitigation measures, assessing any residual post-mitigation effects. We consider the need for extra compensation, considering any ‘in combination’ effects that arise from other nearby projects. And we produce both stand-alone Ecological Impact Assessments and ecology chapters for full Environmental Impact Assessments.

If you would like to find out how we can help you stay on the right side of the law and protect the flora and fauna that live on and around your site, we will be pleased discuss your needs with you.