Preliminary ecological appraisals

Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA) involves a combination of desk based study and field survey undertaken by a suitably qualified ecologist

Often conducted at the early stage of the planning process to assess potential ecological constraints and inform the layout and design of any proposed development. PEA should.

  • Identify the presence or likely absence of protected species or habitats; Provide guidance on wildlife legislation, as well as Planning Authority and Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation (SNCO) requirements;
  • Make appropriate ecological recommendations for incorporation into the development;
  • Outline the benefits of protecting, managing and enhancing any existing features of biodiversity value on the development site.

Foul sewer, Film studio and a Fast food outlet (2013)

Conducted (three) PEA’s for a number of development proposals in and around Belfast. Carried out extended Phase 1 habitat surveys of each of the three sites, integrated biological records (from CEDaR) into the report for each site and provided a suitably scaled habitat map for each site. The mapping also showed the location of any mammal activity (if present) and target notes (of notable flora). (Sub-contracted to RPS).

Potential wind farm sites (2012/13)

Conducted PEA’s for a ten potential wind farm sites across Counties Derry, Antrim, Fermanagh and Tyrone during 2012/13. Carried out extended.

Phase 1 habitat surveys of each of the sites, integrated biological records (from CEDaR) into the report; considered the presence of 'active' or other significant areas of priority habitats at each site. Produced a suitably scaled habitat map and associated report. The mapping also showed the location of any mammal activity (if present) and target notes (of notable flora).

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