Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA’s)
Our ecology team have extensive experience in undertaking EcIA’s, both as stand alone reports, or for a wider Environmental Impact Assessment. We have experts in all aspects of ecology and biodiversity, from licensed animal specialists for birds, bats, reptiles and many others, through to botanical areas and wetlands. You can be confident that our EcIA’s will identify all the issues you need to consider. And should you need it, we have the capability to devise practical solutions and action plans to address any ecological impacts in accordance with relevant legislation as well as best practice.
Appropriate Assessment (AA) (Europe)
The European Habitat Directive protects habitats and species of European importance and requires an Appropriate Assessment (AA) to establish the impact that plans or projects may have on site integrity. We scope the parameters of your AA and advise on all technical components. Our experts are skilled at collecting data on the designated site, often through field surveys, including:
- Habitat assessments
- Visitor surveys
- Air quality monitoring and modelling
- Acoustics surveys
- Bird disturbance research
- Habitat management and improvement plans
We interpret findings, their potential impact and present these in clear understandable reports.
Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) (Europe)
A HRA examines a policy or proposal to determine whether it could adversely affect the integrity of a European Protected Site. We are experienced in conducting HRA’s and have developed mitigation plans or alternative options for land-use where significant negative impacts have been identified.
Your Regional Planning Body or Local Planning Authority should advise you if a HRA is needed. But they are required for European sites termed as ‘Natura 2000’ (N2K) which comprise Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Areas (SPA). It is anticipated that potential SPAs and Ramsar sites may also be included.