An extended phase 1 habitat survey or preliminary ecological appraisal is the baseline survey. To expand on that, it is a standardised method of appraising your site for the presence of plants and animals of all types. The Joint Nature Conservation Committee's 2010 publication 'Handbook for Phase 1 Survey' sets out the methodology for the assessment and categorisation of various habitats at your site, which means your report should contain roughly the same information (or at least refer to the same data collected) no matter who undertakes the survey.
It might be useful to think of your preliminary ecological appraisal ( or 'extended phase 1' as they are known among ecologists ) as a scoping exercise with the aim of indexing anything of value at your site, and by default confirming the absence of everything else; thereby eliminating any need for further survey work that is not absolutely necessary. You will also require, as part of your extended phase one, something called biological records data. This will normally (though not always) be purchased from a third party, such as a record centre or wildlife trust.
The cost varies according to the location and size of your site, which we confirm to you before placing an order, and is the only disbursement you should expect to incur. The first step is have a chat to you about your site and to establish that you do actually need a habitat survey. It may be that from your description we can move you directly onto the relevant single-species survey and in doing so, bypass any unnecessary time wasted and expense.
However, if you do need the survey
Our output from a preliminary ecological appraisal / extended phase 1 habitat survey is a scientific report; including a habitat map complete with target notes; an appendix containing a species list; summaries of legislation that protects species relevant to your site; and a commentary of the biological records in the context of your development proposals.
Been asked for a bat survey too?
If you have buildings within your site, we offer a value-added service that few other consultants will match. With Arbtech, your preliminary ecological appraisal includes a scoping bat survey assessment for free, saving you money and time, and reducing the likelihood of your local planning authority throwing up more hurdles at the eleventh hour.