Phase 1 habitat surveys log the type of habitats present in an area, and can help to assess the potential impacts of a project on species and habitats
Landscape design in Loughton, Essex
UES were commissioned in the winter of 2010 to carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Loughton, Essex. The site which is in the grounds of a retirement home is subject to a planning appeal and our client wanted to carry out a habitat survey to ensure that the project had no negative effect on local species of wildlife.
The initial Phase 1 habitat survey was carried out and the report recommended some changes to the layout and design of the project, in order to reduce the impact on any local species and habitats and if possible to make an improvement in habitat quality for species such as bats and birds.
After discussions with the client, a new layout and complete redesign of the planting scheme and materials used was agreed together with the installation of measures which would benefit BAP (biodiversity action plan) target species such as bats and great crested newts which are present in the nearby Epping Forest.
The new design should present a stronger case for the project on appeal and also provide a better quality habitat for species which are in decline in both in the Epping Forest district and across the UK as a whole.