Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA) identify the likely ecological effects of development.

Our ecologists will quickly identify if there is a need to consider protected species (bats, dormice etc.), invasive species (such as Japanese knotweed), or issues relating to Statutory nature sites (such as the South Hams SAC). Early identification is essential for informing scheme design and avoiding unnecessary expenditure and delays to your project.

A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal includes;

  • Desk study – A review of pre-existing ecological data relative to your site.
  • Ecological Appraisal – A site visit to record habitats and identify signs of, or potential for, protected species and other features of ecological interest.
  • Written report – A report is then prepared following the most recent guidelines (CIEEM) including survey methodologies, appraisal results, impacts evaluation and recommendations**. We will also advise ways to improve the site for biodiversity and enhance the sites’ value to wildlife post construction.
  • Habitat map showing features of interest

**The results of the survey may identify the need to carry out additional survey work to fully evaluate a sites ecological value and any potential impacts. If further surveys are required these will be discussed with you.


Contact us online or call our main enquiries number on 01626 638042 for our North & South Devon offices where we will be happy to discuss your project.