In some areas, local requirements for the validation of planning application require a Biodiversity Survey. Normally this will take the form of a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, also known as an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey.
How much will a Biodiversity Survey cost?
The cost of a Biodiversity Survey is calculated based on the two variables of site size and travels costs. It will also include a fee for a biological records search from the local biodiversity records centre and the Ordnance Survey basemap which starts at £13.95 + VAT.
In practice the variable costs for a Biodiversity Survey of a single field would be between £380 and £580 + VAT.
What is a Biodiversity Survey?
The Biodiversity Survey will identify features of conservation importance on your site that could constitute a constraint to your proposals. Where appropriate, recommendations for impact avoidance, mitigation and post-development enhancement are made to ensure compliance with wildlife legislation and relevant planning policy.
A Biodiversity Survey will normally be the first time that we visit your site. Prior to the visit our ecologist will order a biological records search from the local biological records centre and will look at habitats surrounding your site using free online resource such as Google Earth and Bing maps. This allows us to understand the context of the site within its landscape and assess which species may be active in the general area.
The ecologist will then arrange your site visit. Although there is no need for you to be present during the Biodiversity Survey with report, if you have any concerns about site ecology we are very happy to have an informal site meeting at the start, or the end, of the site visit. During the Biodiversity Survey the ecologist will carefully walkover the whole site and its boundaries taking notes and annotating printed field maps with Phase 1 habitat types. They will also identify the key plant species whilst looking for evidence of protected or pest species.The results of the Biodiversity Survey will be written into a clear and concise report including a detailed map of your site describing habitat types present and any features of ecological interest. This is the foundation ecological document for your site and is normally valid for two years from the date of survey. All work in relation to our Biodiversity Survey with report will be in accordance with British Standard BS42020:2013 Biodiversity – Code of practice for planning and development.
The Biodiversity Survey report will make recommendations on how to proceed with your development without impacting protected species and habitats. This may be simple avoidance methods such as limiting hedgerow removal to periods when nesting birds are absent, or it may be something more complex such as the need for a detailed method statement to deal with a pest species like Japanese Knotweed.
If it is unclear whether protected species are present or how they use your site, the report may make recommendations for further protected species surveys. This is now normal for larger development sites with significant land-take.
Our Commitment to You
To show how committed we are to providing you with a high quality service, we have adopted BS 42020:2013 Biodiversity – Code of practice for planning and development for all of our Preliminary Ecological Appraisal. Furthermore our ecologists are full members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM) and bound by their Professional Code of Conduct.
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