Preliminary Ecological Appraisals

The first step to a successful project for ecology

Preliminary Ecological Appraisals or PEAs are usually the very first ecology survey that a new project or plan might require. These surveys look at the habitats within a project site and their likelihood to support protected or notable species. This is done by a two-step process, firstly we will complete a site visit to gather first-hand data. After this, we look at data available from record providers and online resources to identify what ecology features (e.g. protected and notable species or habitats and designated sites) are in and around your site.

We then assesses whether your proposed project will affect protected or notable species and designated sites. After identifying the effects of your project, we provide you with a series of recommendations and note the legal requirements based on the data we have. This might include more surveys, moving aspects of the project to avoid ecology features, or simply ways to include biodiversity enhancements within design.

Read more about what a PEA includes by checking out our blog.

A proposed quarry development which EP Ecology completed a preliminary ecological appraisal at recently.

Our bread and butter

We at EP Ecology have extensive experience of undertaking and delivering preliminary ecological appraisals for a range of projects throughout Scotland. You could call these baseline surveys our bread and butter. We’d be more than happy to discuss your needs and help you progress your project.

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Erik Paterson


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