By adam, Sep 11 2018 07:33PM
2018 has been a busy summer for AE Ecology! The bulk of our work has been bat surveys – some of these only needed a visual survey (Preliminary Roost Assessment / Phase 1) to be confident that our clients’ projects won’t affect bats, others have needed additional survey work with bat detectors and infra-red cameras during evenings and dawn periods. This allowed us to understand how bats were using our client’s houses, so we could work with them to design the best way of ensuring that their planning applications met the necessary requirements for planning and Natural England.
We have also been carrying out great crested newt surveys and reptile surveys, helping to ensure developments can proceed without harming these protected animals.
Often these more species-specific surveys have followed an initial Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (a PEA), which are wider ranging than just looking at bats or reptiles and help us work out what is not likely to be an issue later on, and also, if any more specific surveys (like for bats) are needed or not. These PEAs look at all sorts of features that could be found on a site; whether urban or rural or somewhere in between, various things can turn up unexpectedly to cause problems later on in a project.
So, by looking at these issues early on in a project, we are able to help out clients avoid later problems and deal with the issues early on, usually by making it easier for developers to ‘design in’ biodiversity at an early stage. This in turn makes it easier to deliver a more biodiversity-rich scheme – which in turn brings its own benefits to developers form more attractive development sites and greater well-being for new residents.