Ecological Assessment Services
Assessing the effects of projects on species, habitats, and sites.
At EP Ecology, we pride ourselves in delivering a project from start to finish. This includes preliminary data collection, field surveys, and the assessment of effects on these species from the proposals.
Ecological Impact Assessment
Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) is a thorough assessment of the effects of a project or plan on biodiversity. Usually, EcIA goes through a “scoping” exercise where the key features (be they a species, a habitat, or designated site) are chosen to be assessed (“scoped in” or “scoped out”). The assessment itself looks at whether there will be any effects, what type of effects, and what scale or magnitude these effects will have on the key features. EcIA sets out a series of mitigation and compensation measures that are committed to by the developer to combat the effects of their development. These are then used to determine the residual effects of the development on the key features.
EP Ecology and our associates have extensive experience of ecological impact assessment for a variety of different schemes, be they housing developments, transport routes, or renewable energy.
Habitats Regulations Appraisal
Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) looks at a project or plan and determines whether it is likely to have any “likely significant effects” on any site which is part of the UK Site Network (formerly the Natura 2000 Site Network). The UK Site network includes Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation. Typically, HRA are completed by the “Competent Authority” (often the Local Planning Authority) but they may ask developers to provide a “shadow” HRA which is used to inform their assessment.
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