Part of a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal Cambridge Ecology will record the Phase 1 Habitat and Botany Surveys and assess the suitability of your site to support protected habitats and plant species. Subsequent detailed surveys may then be required to the inform appropriate levels of mitigation or compensation for a development licence applications. These botany surveys include specialised methods such as:
- Phase 1 Habitat Survey
- Alien-Invasive Species Surveys – e.g. Japanese Knotweed
- Plant Community (NVC) Survey
- Hedgerow Survey
- Aquatic Habitat Surveys
- SSSI Condition Monitoring
- Bespoke Habitat Surveys
Cambridge Ecology personnel possess a wide range of skills and experience required in this specialist area.
See survey timetable for the optimal survey period.
Various plants and habitats are fully protected under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017(as amended) and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and are Protected Species/Habitats. It is an offence to:
- pick, cut, uproot, collect, destroy, possess, transport sell, offer for sale, or exchange protected plants, this includes whole plants, dead plants or any part of a plant
- damage or destroy, protected habitats
Sentences include six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5000 (per offence).
Numerous plant species and habitats are a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) priority species.
Many species of plants are Section 41 ‘species of priority importance’ under the terms of the NERC Act 2006.
For more information on how we can help you, please get in touch or call 01954 231239.