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.
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.
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.