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Practical Ecology Ltd are pleased to offer the following services:


  • Phase 1 Habitat Surveys (Biodiversity Surveys) 

    • An intial ecological survey where existing habitats are classified and mapped according to the JNCC Phase 1 guidelines. An assessment of the site's suitability to support protected species is also undertaken.

    • Phase 1 report produced giving recommendations for any further surveys that may be needed and any mitigation that needs to be undertaken.  An electronic Phase 1 Habitat map will also be produced showing the different habitat types on the site

    • The Phase 1 survey also includes a desk study.  This involves a search for protected species records and nature conservation sites close to the proposed development site. 


  • Protected species surveys  

    • Presence/absence surveys for great crested newts

    • Reptile surveys

    • Building Inspections for bats (can be part of a Phase 1 survey)

    • Aerial assessments of trees for bats

    • Bat Activity Surveys and Transect Surveys

    • Badger surveys

    • Nesting and Wintering bird surveys

    • Otter and Water Vole surveys

    • Dormouse surveys

    • Invertebrate surveys


  • Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA)

  • Ecological reports to support planning applications 

  • Design and implementation of protected species mitigation

    • ​Including European Protected Species Mitigation (EPSM) licences

  • Habitat management and habitat translocation

  • Habitat Regulations Assessments (HRA Screening and Appropraite Assessments)

  • Environmental Statements (ES)

  • Ecological Management Plans (EcMP)

  • Biodiversity conservation and enhancement

  • Invasive species surveys and control

    • ​Japanese knotweed, Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam

  • Ecological clerk of works 

  • Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA)

  • Arboricultural surveys through our partner company Hayden's Arboricultural Consultants

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