Habitat Surveys & PEAs
We can undertake Habitat Surveys and PEAs …
Phase 1 Habitat Survey/ Preliminary Ecological Assessments
The Phase 1 Habitat Classification and associated field survey technique provides a standardised method to record vegetation and other wildlife habitats. It is a basic habitat survey which provides an assessment of habitat type and a site’s potential importance for nature conservation. Each habitat type/feature is identified by way of a brief description of its defining features. It is then allocated a specific name, an alpha-numeric code, and unique mapping colour. Target notes are made to identify features of particular interest such as evidence of protected species etc. These surveys can be undertaken at any time of year but ideally are carried out during the spring and summer months (approximately April – October) when trees and ground vegetation are in leaf/flower.
Under the Hedgerows Regulations 1997 it is against the law to remove or destroy certain hedgerows without permission from the local planning authority. Various criteria specified in the Regulations are used to identify “important” hedgerows for wildlife, landscape or historical reasons. A Hedgerow Regulation assessment is based on a variety of factors such as hedgerow woody species richness and connectivity to other habitat features. Hedgerow surveys can be carried out at any time of year but are best undertaken during the spring and summer period when they are in leaf.