Ecology

ecology, early purple orchid

Landvision Ecology have a dedicated team of ecologists. We can offer you a wide range of ecological services. No matter what ecology needs you have, we can help. We are a registered practice with The Landscape Institute and members of The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

Calling us in early will help you to save time and money. We will advise you on the need for any ecological surveys and on best time of year to carry them out; thus avoiding costly delays.

Recent projects in ecological and landscape planning include working housing schemes, Breeam ecology reports and Code for Sustainable Homes ecology reports for obtaining eco-credits on school and retail sites, plus survey with restoration plan for mining landscapes. We have wide experience of the ecology and biodiversity sector. We offer services at a local, regional or national level. Using our professional experience of ecological survey methods, species protection and mitigation measures, we can advise you and offer practical solutions on how to achieve your planning goals or planning permission whilst safeguarding the ecology of your site.

Ecology surveys

From walkover, scoping Phase 1 extended ecological surveys to Phase 2 surveys, ecology survey work is often required before planning permission can be obtained and will need to be carried out at an early stage. Our input will smooth the processing of your planning application and will also increase the chances of its success. The earlier in a development process that any ecological mitigation requirements are identified and then installed, the lower the chances of costly delays being experienced later on in the planning and construction process.

Phase 1 Habitat survey and Extended Phase 1 survey.
Complying with industry standards of best practice, Landvision Phase 1 habitat surveys are carried out at appropriate times of year ensuring that detailed survey information is gathered during site visits, to enable the Local Planning Authority to act on up to date site information to help them to determine each planning application.

Following a Phase 1 habitat survey we may need to explore a site in more detail, particularly when rare or protected species are present. In these cases, timing in the survey year is species specific, depending on the life cycle of each species and we will advise you on this. The sooner ecological work can be planned the better. Ecology survey work can then become part of the time scale of a project, and this approach is less likely to cause delays.

Phase 2 Habitat surveys.

Where a more detailed understanding is required of specific plant and animal species or particular habitat types within a site, a more detailed phase 2 survey can be carried out.

Phase 2 Surveys provide important information which leads to in depth knowledge of the ecological value of parts of a site. Importantly, such information is used when considering the mitigation strategy and for a proposed development.

Landvision’s experience in planning mitigation enables us to undertake measures that are tailored to individual client requirements, site and landscape. We have learned that each project requires an individual approach so that where possible protected species and endangered wildlife can be preserved with minimal disruption and cost, this is preferable for client and biodiversity.

Specialist surveys

A wide range of specialist surveys can be undertaken by Landvision:

  • Botanical
  • Protected species
  • Birds
  • Water Voles
  • Invertebrate
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles

For other ecological information please see our pages on biodiversity action plans, conservation strategy and environmental audits for sites.

To discuss your project with us or to ask questions about your site, please ring 01892 782200, or use the contact page to email us. We provide advice on Landscape ecology, Woodland ecology, Botanical surveys, Breeam ecology, CSH eco credits, Reptile and amphibian surveys, mammal surveys and scoping surveys. We will work with you, talking with local planners and Natural England on your behalf.