Habitats & Botany | Phase 1 Habitat Survey

An Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey is often the first step in determining the ecological value of a site and identifying any constraints that may affect the project. Peak Ecology have a number of experienced Phase 1 surveyors and work with a range of clients, from individual property owners, to statutory bodies and large-scale developers.

A Phase 1 Habitat Survey involves one of Peak Ecology’s experienced ecologists assessing and mapping the main habitat types in a defined area and producing a plant species list. Any features or habitats of interest such as mature trees or invasive/alien plant species are also highlighted. The survey is ‘Extended’ to include an assessment of the site’s likelihood to support protected or BAP Priority species such as bats, breeding birds, reptiles, great crested newts or badgers. A desk study may also be undertaken – this involves acquiring historical records from the local biological records centre to gain an overview of protected or notable species that have been found in the area.

Peak Ecology’s recent projects include Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys for wind turbine and housing applications in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Staffordshire, large scale survey and mapping projects for onshore electrical connections in Teesside and Yorkshire and assessments of quarry sites in Derbyshire, the Peak District and North Yorkshire.

If more detailed botanical surveys are required, we also offer Site Condition Monitoring, Phase 2 botanical/National Vegetation Classification (NVC) surveys and specialist botanical surveys such as lichens and bryophytes. When proposals also require a BREEAM assessment for sustainable building design, we can incorporate the Land Use and Ecology assessment into our Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey. For larger developments, see also Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA).

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Phase 1 Habitat Survey | Case Study

Case Study 1 >>

Onshore Electrical Connection, Yorkshire

In 2011 and 2012, Peak Ecology Ltd were the appointed ecological surveyors for an onshore electrical connection in East Yorkshire.

An Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey was undertaken of 40 square kilometres and included coastal, grassland, woodland and farmland habitats. The survey was undertaken throughout spring and summer by a team of proficient habitat surveyors which amounted to over 200 hours of time in the field. The survey was tailored to include a quality assessment of each hedgerow, pond and ditch as well as assessments for great crested newts, water vole and a badger sett search.

The survey results were mapped using GIS and full reports were produced detailing the habitat types present, evidence of protected species, details of any key ecological features present within the survey boundary and recommendations for further survey work.  As a result of the Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey, water vole, otter, bird, bat, great crested newt and reptile surveys were undertaken.

An Ecological Impact Assessment chapter was produced by Peak Ecology and the development is currently awaiting planning approval.