Ecological Scoping Surveys, often referred to as Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, follow a standard methodology to identify habitats and species of ecological importance. These surveys identify existing and potential ecological constraints to a proposed development and determine requirements for further, more detailed, survey work which may include Protected Species Surveys and, for larger developments, formal Ecological Impact Assessment.
Ecological Scoping Surveys are often required by Local Planning Authorities as part of the Planning Application process. The depth of detail required is commensurate with the scale of a proposed development.
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