The first request for ecological information following a planning application is often a basic species assessment. This can also be known as a Biodiversity checklist or an extended phase 1 habitat survey. This step is vital for guiding you through the right side of wildlife law and is usually the only ecological input you require for your planning application to go ahead. Further information...
Our ecology specialists can survey and monitor specific groups of plants and animals, using nationally recognised methodologies which are approved by the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
Abbas Ecology can offer a full range of vegetation or habitat surveys tailored to suit the clients' needs, from a simple habitat map based on Phase I habitat survey techniques, to a fully detailed species-by-species vegetation survey. Having collected and collated the biological data, we interpret and present it in an objective, easily understood manner.
We now offer Intertidal Surveys and Biotope Mapping for the seashore, using the Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland. These surveys can be carried out at a number of levels from Level 1 Environment down to Levels 5 and 6 Biotopes and Sub-biotopes if required.
In conjunction with our ecological survey and assessment, we can prepare habitat management plans which prescribe how to manage your land for the benefit of wildlife, integrating farming, forestry and recreational objectives as appropriate.
After land use change at a site its wildlife will alter in positive and/or negative ways. To assess the effects of change we are well placed to carry out long-term monitoring programmes, tailored to the clients' needs and the unique nature of each site. In this way the client can build up a detailed picture of the site in order to inform its future management.
This is included under ‘BRE environmental assessment method’ (BREEAM). Tools are designed to help construction professionals understand and mitigate the environmental impacts of the developments they design and build. Abbas Ecology can allow construction projects to take on the ecological component of this assessment.
If your application does go to Public Enquiry, Abbas Ecology has experience providing expert ecological witness to back up survey work that we have supplied or to review ecological documents produced by statutory bodies, charities or other consultancies in order to produce a proof of evidence.