What is a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal?
A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) is normally the first stage of an ecological assessment. It supports planning and design in the early stages of a development project and helps determine the requirements for any further ecology work which may be required to support the project.
There are three main elements of the PEA:
- an ecological desk study,
- an extended Phase 1 habitat survey,
- the ecological appraisal report, which may include recommendations for further survey and assessment.
Such further assessments are usually seasonally constrained, with several requiring a start in spring or early summer. Therefore, early spring is a great time to complete PEAs so that any further assessments can be completed in the same year.
What happens after my Preliminary Ecological Appraisal?
Following a PEA, we can advise on any ecological issues that we identify, for example, in relation to designated sites and priority habitats. Additionally, we will advise likely requirements to complete the ecological assessment, such as surveys for protected and priority species.
Initial guidance on measures that could be incorporated into the development design to avoid and mitigate ecological impacts can also be provided at this stage.
The PEA can, therefore, be an extremely useful tool for development master planning and can also form the basis of an ecological impact assessment later on in the project.
All our PEA reports are prepared by qualified Ecologists who are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).