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Ecology Assessment

Have you considered how your next development will impact the local ecology, including the habitats of wild animals and the provision of native plant species? Although there are no legislative requirements, planning policy may request an Ecology Assessment to ensure the site ecological value will be no worse following construction.

How Energist can help

With multiple legislative and planning policy requirements governing ecology, it is vital that developers address these concerns as early as possible in the design process.

An Ecology Assessment can be submitted to planners, and if appropriate to your Code for Sustainable Homes or BREEAM assessors, detailing the ecological value of the land. Depending on the sensitivities of the site you may need to prove the ecological value will be no worse following construction, and in some cases, that there will also be an overall environmental improvement. The assessment should also show where the Suitably Qualified Ecologist (SQE) has recommended ecological improvements. This is done through a site survey, which is followed up with a detailed report.

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Why choose Energist?

  • Ecology Assessment are often required as part of BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes Assessments. Our team offer these services under one roof, which means we can take care of the organisation and communication for you.
  • Our detailed assessment includes a survey of the land and a site visit.

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  • Ecological surveys are just one of the many services we can arrange for you to help you earn BREEAM credits. Our team of accredited assessors can complete your BREEAM assessment in house, liaising with our ecologist partners so you don’t end up being piggy-in-the-middle.For new build developments where BREEAM is a condition we would recommend you organise an Ecology Assessment as early as you can so we can determine what your next steps should be.
  • Building projects working to a Code for Sustainable Homes Assessment may require an Ecology Assessment before construction work begins.