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When can the survey be done?

Phase 1 surveys can be done at any time of the year, but the optimum time is through the summer months when more plant species can be seen, and more bird species are active.

Phase 1 Habitat Surveys

A Phase 1 Habitat Survey is a standard method of environmental audit. It involves categorising different habitat types and habitat features within a survey area. The information gained from the survey can be used to determine the ecological value of the site, and to direct any more specific survey work which may need to be carried out prior to the start of work, such as great crested newt, arboricultural or bat surveys. The standard phase 1 survey can be extended to target note signs of protected or invasive species.

Why carry out a Phase 1 Habitat survey?

Carrying out a phase 1 survey early in your planning process will give an early indication of any potential ecological issues, and help planners to schedule work on a realistic timeline. Finding protected species onsite mid-project will cause delays, and could lead to legal action, fines and even a custodial sentence. Protected species survey, licensing and mitigation work can be expensive, and so surveying a site before it is acquired will give a more accurate cost of the project as a whole.

How is the information presented?

A full Phase 1 Habitat survey report will be produced detailing any potential ecological issues on site. Mapinfo GIS mapping is used to produce detailed and accurate mapping. Aerial photography is used to show the area from above.

Case Studies

Phase 2a for High Speed 2 (HS2)

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December 2016
Site: Phase 2a for High Speed 2 (HS2) - from the West Midlands to Crewe Client: Biocensus c/o Arup ##Project overview In spring 2016 UES were subcontracted ... more...

EcIA at Lingley Mere, Warrington

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October 2016
Site: Lingley Mere Business Park, Warrington Client: Muse Developments ##Project overview UES was commissioned to produce a suite of ecological reports in or... more...

Protected species surveys in Lydney

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August 2016
Site: Lydney, Gloucestershire Client: MMC Land and Regeneration ##Project overview UES were instructed to carry out ecological surveys on a former golf cours... more...

Surveys in Hebburn, Northumberland

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March 2016
Site: Former shipyard in Hebburn, Northumberland Client: MMC2 Protected species / habitats: bats, birds, invertebrates, reptiles and saltmarsh ##Project over... more...

Bat surveys of 31 schools across England

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February 2016
Site: 31 schools across England including Yorkshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Greater London and Kent. Client: Education Funding A... more...

Bat surveys in Colchester, Essex

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October 2015
Site: Colchester, Essex Client: Dishland Ltd Protected species: Bats ##Project overview UES were appointed by Dishland Ltd to undertake ecological surveys ... more...

PEAs along railway lines in Staffordshire

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August 2015
Site: Railway lines in Staffordshire Client: Network Rail ##Project overview In the summer 2015 UES carried out a number of preliminary ecological appraisal... more...

Bat survey in Wilmslow, Cheshire

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March 2012
UES have completed a bat survey and habitat survey of a property in Wilmslow, Cheshire. Bat surveys of the buildings on site consisting of initial building ins... more...

EXP1 & Code for Sustainable Homes

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January 2012
UES have recently been commissioned to complete Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys and Code for Sustainable Homes: Category 9 (Ecology) assessments for 7 sites in... more...

Phase 1 Habitat Survey in Winchester

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November 2011
UES recently completed an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of an old mill in Winchester. An Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey involves mapping the habitats on the ... more...

Bats and badgers in Buckinghamshire

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November 2011
UES conducted a full bat survey of a barn in Marlow, Buckinghamshire in September 2011. Our client plans to change the use of the barn from agricultural to a dw... more...

Breeding bird survey in Knutsford, Cheshire

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August 2011
UES have completed a breeding bird survey of a site in Knutsford, Cheshire in order to meet planning conditions. A breeding bird survey involves recording bird ... more...

Extended phase 1 habitat survey in Deeside

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August 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Deeside, North Wales in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their development... more...

National Vegetation Classification survey

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August 2011
UES have recently completed a National Vegetation Classification (NVC) survey of a woodland in Cheshire in order to inform the client of any potential impacts t... more...

Extended phase 1 survey in Oxfordshire

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June 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Oxfordshire in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their development would ha... more...

Landscape design in Knutsford, Cheshire

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April 2011
UES completed an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of a derelict farm in Knutsford, Cheshire. The site is rural with land use dominated by improved pasture, hedge... more...

Bat scoping survey in Hale, Cheshire

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March 2011
UES have completed a bat scoping survey of a residential property in Hale, Cheshire. The property is in a poor state of repair and our client has plans to demo... more...

Bat scoping survey in Bootle, Liverpool

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February 2011
UES have completed a bat scoping survey of a small industrial site in Bootle near Liverpool. The bat scoping survey consisted of internal and external buildin... more...

Ecological appraisal and landscape design

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January 2011
UES initially completed an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey and ecological appraisal of a site in Loughton, Essex. The proposed site footprint, currently a mosai... more...

Extended phase 1 survey in Lancashire

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January 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Lancashire for Seddon Homes in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their deve... more...

Great crested newt trapping scheme

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November 2010
Project summary In 2008/09, UES were instructed to conduct a Great Crested Newt (GCN) mitigation scheme for Augean PLC at Slipe Clay pits in King’s Cliffe, n... more...

Habitat creation for MMU Crewe

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November 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to design mitigation measures for birds and bats into the new sports science centre at Manchester Metropolitan U... more...

Breeam Habitat Survey, North Wales

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November 2010
UES were commissioned to conduct a Phase 1 Habitat Survey of a site in Mochdre, North Wales. The developer has plans to construct a small house on the site. The... more...

Breeam Habitat Survey in Birmingham

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November 2010
UES were commissioned to provide an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of o high rise office complex near Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Survey is to provide informa... more...

Ecological surveys and advice in Congleton

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October 2010
In August 2010, United Utilities and their associated agents The Vinden Partnership applied for planning permission for slope stabilisation works adjacent the ... more...

Bat licensing and mitigation Oxfordshire

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October 2010
Our client approached us for mitigation advice following a bat survey on a former farm barn in the village of Holton in Oxfordshire. The original surveys had be... more...

Ecological Surveys near Nantwich in Cheshire

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October 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out an Extended Phase 1 Habitat survey, bat surveys, barn owl surveys and to provide advice on any grea... more...

Aerial tree inspections

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October 2010
Bats often use cracks and holes in trees to roost. many bat surveyors will only inspect trees from ground level using binoculars. In some cases this is adequate... more...

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey Flintshire

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May 2010
United Environmental Services have completed an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of a site near the town of Flint in North Wales. The site has been a dis-used br... more...

Extended Phase 1 habitat Survey Crewe

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May 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out an Extended Phase 1 habitat survey of a farm building and its surrounding habitat Close to Hartingt... more...

Bat EPS Licence Berkshire

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April 2010
We are currently writing a European Protected Species Method statement for a development in Hurst near Reading in Berkshire. This follows on from bat surveys w... more...

Major Pipeline Survey

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January 2010
UES were commissioned by a Northwest based utilities company to carry out survey work for a major pipeline in the north west of England. ##Planning The propo... more...

Tarbock Hall Golf Course

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January 2010
Tarbock Hall is a 86 hectare parcel of land west of Liverpool. The land was used for agriculture until 2000 when it was sold to a team of developers who wanted ... more...

Aerial Photography

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January 2010
we use detailed aerial photography in many ways both before and after surveys. Aerial photography provides a very quick overview of a large area of ground which... more...

Mapinfo GIS Software

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October 2009
Mapinfo GIS (geographic information system) software is a powerful mapping program. Mapinfo uses ordanance survey mapping data and enables us to create custom m... more...