At sites where wildlife habitats may exist planners may
request a Preliminary Ecological Assessment. This is a broad brush assessment of
whether protected species or habitats may be impacted and whether there are any
other ecological issues to take into account.
P.E.A.s are also known by many
other names, including:
·Extended Phase 1 habitat survey
·Ecological constraints survey
If the P.E.A. report indicates that protected species etc
may be present it may recommend further survey work is necessary, focussed on
those species. For example, the likely presence of bats, badgers, red squirrels
or great crested newts may lead to further survey being necessary. If the
P.E.A. is being carried out for a planning application and further surveys are
recommended then they will normally be needed before the application can be
determined by the local planning authority.
A P.E.A. is different from an Ecological Impact Assessment
(Ec.I.A.), which is a more in-depth piece of work, usually carried out for
large development sites. Often it will form a chapter within an Environmental
Impact Assessment (E.I.A.), which will also consider broader issues such as
noise pollution and visual impact.
Although a P.E.A. can be carried out at any time of year, clearer
results are likely in Scotland between mid April and late October. It is best
to commission a P.E.A. early in the life of a project, in case other survey
work is required afterwards. Our skilled ecologists at David Dodds Associates
carry out many P.E.A.s every year and will be happy to discuss your site with
you and advise on possible outcomes.
If you have any questions about bats or other protected species, what to do about organising a survey or general information, we welcome your enquiry. Get in touch
Thank you for your help in doing the survey, and the speed of your response. Charlotte seemed very knowledgable. She was very helpful and happy to respond to our questions! Your report gave us all the answers we needed.
Chris Gunstone, Tyninghame Village Hall Committee, East Lothian