Preliminary Ecological Appraisal
Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA) provide an initial baseline assessment of a site’s biodiversity value and identify any ecological constraints on site. A PEA is frequently referred to as an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey, Walkover Survey or Scoping Survey by Planning Authorities.
The initial element of a PEA includes a desk study, which involves us contacting the local records centre to obtain any existing details of protected species on or around the site. The second part involves surveying the site, where we assess each habitat and its potential for supporting protected species. Plant species and abundance, as well as any evidence of protected species found during the survey are then recorded in order to provide a detailed map of the habitats on site.
In order to avoid unforeseen delays we recommend that a PEA is carried out as soon as possible within the project development phase and prior to the submission of planning. The PEA report may then highlight the requirement for further surveys to fully inform planning applications.