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Ecology services available:

Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) – a report is developed that identifies the baseline ecological value of a site. This report is ideal for understanding more about the potential conflicts that could arise through the planning process.

Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) – this report is similar to a preliminary report however more detail is provided and a phase 1 habitat plan is produced showing clear visual descriptions of habitats across the site. This report is ideal when submitting an application to develop land.

European Protected species (EPS) – these surveys can be part of an extended phase 1 habitat survey or can be tailored to your requirement. We can provide detailed surveys for badgers, bats, birds, dormouse, great crested newt, otter, reptiles, water voles and white-clawed crayfish.

Ecology Method Statements (EMS) – We pride ourselves on offering a service that aims to protect and enhance biodiversity. We can write bespoke habitat management plans to suit your site as well as provide you with the information to help safeguard ecology throughout your work.

Fish and fisheries – our experience extends to fishery management and river restoration advice and support. If you have water on your land just get in touch and we can help you improve its functionality.

Bird surveys – our ornithologists have many years experience and have completed all types of field surveys and technical reports. If you have a bird survey requirement look no further and contact us today.

Our prices can be either fixed price or charged at an hourly rate. We will always offer the best price and will beat any quote. 

Common ecology requirements

When submitting planning applications local authorities tend to request information regarding a sites baseline ecological value and how the development will seek to protect and enhance protected or otherwise notable species.

Including Oakley Ecology services Country meadow in the misty rain with focus to a single wet grass inflorescence in the foregroundfrom the start can help reduce future cost and time constraints.

Baseline surveys are usually the starting point when assessing the potential impact of a proposed development, on habitats and species or ‘ecology‘.

Initial surveys are formed from the following, and vary depending on requirements, site size and development stage:

An ecological scoping survey will usually include a desk study and survey visit.

  • enables an assessment to be made of the presence of notable habitats and species and/or the potential of the site to support protected species or important habitats.
  • forms recommendations for mitigation and / or further specific survey work if these are considered appropriate.

The scoping survey can be undertaken at any time of year and preferably at the earliest possible project stage. An early indication of potential biodiversity issues can be critical in determining the cost and programming of works, and informing the design process.

Additional ecology services: 

Lectures and talks – Our ecologists can offer ecology talks and CPD sessions for staff looking to gain an insight into ecology. Our tailor-made talks and lectures can provide non-ecologists with an overview of surveys, mitigation and biodiversity enhancements as well as providing experienced ecologists with CPD opportunities.

Practical guides – Get in touch and ask for our bespoke ecology guides. These guides enable developers to make an initial assessment and allow for a greater understanding of a sites baseline ecological value. These guides provide a fantastic opportunity for you to plan and design your development around sensitive habitats and species. Publications can be sent via email as a PDF or can be sent in the post.

Advice and support for student ecologists – are you a student looking for a career in ecology? We can provide field experience as well as direct study support. A typical session will last for an hour and will cost no more than £40.00. Ecology services support content is tailor-made to your specific needs.

If you have any ecology questions you can use our helpline email address: